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'Dongmakgol' Seen by Over 3 Mil. Viewers

2005/08/16 Source

SEOUL (Yonhap) _ A new homegrown film about Korean War enemies who combine forces to defend a peaceful mountain village from bombing has been seen by more than 3 million moviegoers nationwide, its distributor said Monday.

"Welcome to Dongmakgol" drew 3,057,889 people to cinemas across the nation as of Sunday, the 11th day after its opening, Showbox said.

The movie broke the 3-million mark in box-office ticket sales a week earlier than "Running Boy" (Marathon), which was viewed by 5 million people to become the top-selling film of the first half of this year.

"Dongmakgol" beat its cinematic rivals to take the top spot at the weekend box office.

The debut feature by director Bae Jong beat back "The Big Scene", by director Jang Jin to take the lead at the local box office over the weekend by drawing 323,615 viewers, according to figures from the Korean Film Commission. The criminal thriller "The Big Scene" has been seen by 213,369 people.

They were followed by the U.S. sci-fi movie " Fantastic Four" and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance", the last installment of the "Vengeance" trilogy by South Korean director Park Chan-wook.

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