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'D-War' Attracts 5 Million Viewers in 11 Days

2007/08/12 | 144 views | Permalink | Source

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South Korea's science fiction blockbuster "D-War" has attracted 5 million viewers in the first 11 days of its release, the film's distributor said Sunday.

According to Showbox Inc., the movie, made by comedian-turned movie director, Shim Hyung-rae, drew 5.12 million viewers on 624 screens across the country as of Saturday. The film became the first South Korean movie to break through the 5 million mark this year, it said.

"D-War", starring Hollywood actors, is a story about a legendary Korean serpent, called Imoogi, before it is transformed into a dragon that rules heaven.

The flick is well on the path to smashing Korean box-office records amid controversy. Some movie critics point out the film's weak plot and appeal for patriotism, but moviegoers are enthusiastic about it.

The distributor said it expected the movie to continue to sell out in major theaters as more people are booking tickets ahead of Korean Liberation Day holiday on Wednesday.

The distributor plans to show the $30 million film, the most expensive of all movies made so far in South Korea, on 1,700 screens in the United States in September, the widest ever U.S. release for a Korean film.

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