Korean Movies Boost Share of Box Office

      July 30, 2015 12:23

      Domestic films are grabbing an increasingly larger share of the box office.

      According to the Korean Film Council on Wednesday, Korean movies accounted for 49.4 percent or 9.94 million moviegoers in July.

      Domestic films accounted for only a 30-percent share from March to June of this year but managed to boost their share this month, competing head-to-head with Hollywood blockbusters.

      In July, foreign films accounted for 50.6 percent by drawing 10.17 million moviegoers.

      The boom was led by "Assassination" and "Northern Limit Line.” The period espionage film "Assassination" depicting independence fighters joining hands to assassinate the commander of Japanese troops drew 4.19 million viewers in the first week of its release. More than 400,000 people have gone to see the film on weekdays.

      The patriotic film "Northern Limit Line," depicting a naval skirmish with North Korea in June 2002, drew more than 6 million viewers 29 days after its release.

      The movie swayed public opinion to view the sailors who died as war heroes and led to the posthumous promotion of one, Han Sang-kook, to the rank of senior chief petty officer 13 years after his death.

      The Daejeon National Cemetery decided to create a memorial site for the fallen sailors. A free screening of the film was held on Yeonpyeong Island on Wednesday for local residents and soldiers.

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