South Korean Film ‘Veteran’ Draws 3 Million Viewers

D-Bo , Aug. 10, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

Local action film "Veteran" rose to the top of the box office last weekend, pushing star-studded Korean film of the same genre "Assassination" and Hollywood blockbuster "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" down to second and third place, data showed Monday. "Veteran" topped the box office, earning 15 billion won (US$12.8 million) over the Aug. 7-9 weekend, according to the computerized box office data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

The movie by director Ryoo Seung-wan has been sitting at No. 1 for the fifth straight day since it opened in local theaters last Wednesday. On Monday, it surpassed the 3 million mark in accumulated views, according to its investor-distributor CJ E&M. Starring Hwang Jung-min, Yoo Ah-in, Yoo Hae-jin and Oh Dal-su, the film is about a veteran detective who stands up against an arrogant and cruel heir of a rich family as he delves into the mysterious death of truck driver that he knew.

"Assassination" by director Choi Dong-hoon came in at No. 2, raking in 8.6 billion won from about 1.08 million viewers during the same period. The movie starring Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo surpassed 9 million in attendance on Monday morning, according to its local distributor Showbox.

It is the most-viewed Korean film year-to-date and is soon expected to become the first Korean film to exceed 10 million in attendance this year. Set in Shanghai and Seoul in the 1930s when Korea was a colony of Japan, the film depicts three Korean independence fighters teaming up to assassinate the commander of the Japanese troops in Korea and a Korean business tycoon with ties to Japan.

The flick was closely followed by "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" in the weekly chart. The fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series earned 7.7 billion won with more than 942,000 viewers last weekend, according to the KOFIC data. Its accumulated number of viewers reached 4.72 million as of Sunday.

In the film, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), super-agent for the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are. Animated films -- "Minions," "Inside Out," "Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno" and "Yokai Watch"-- took the next four positions as it is a popular genre among school children who are on summer vacation.


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