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[HanCinema's Film News] Korea's Top Ten Most Popular Films of 2013


It's been an astonishing and record-breaking year at the Korean box office, but before we usher in 2014, here's a quick look at the top ten Korean films that locals were throwing their hard-earned won at.

10. "The New World"

Director: Park Hoon-jung ("The Showdown")

Genre: Thriller

Length: 134min

Stars: Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-sik, Hwang Jung-min, Park Sung-woong

Release Date: 02/21

Admissions: 4,682,365

Gross: $31.2M

Weeks in Top 10: 8

9. "The Attorney"

Director: Yang Woo-seok

Genre: Drama

Length: 127 min

Stars: Song Kang-ho, Kim Young-ae, Oh Dal-soo, Kwak Do-won

Release Date: 12/19

Admissions: 4,897,121

Gross: $33.6M

Weeks in Top 10: 2

8. "Cold Eyes"

Director:  Cho Ui-seok ("The World of Silence") & Kim Byeong-seo

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Length: 118min

Stars: Sol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo, Jin Kyung

Release Date: 07/03

Admissions: 5,506,770

Gross: $37.3M

Weeks in Top 10: 5

7. "The Terror Live"

Director: Kim Byeong-woo ("WRITTEN")

Genre: Action, Thriller

Length: 98min

Stars: Ha Jung-woo, Lee Kyung-young, Jeon Hye-jin-II, Choi Jin-ho

Release Date: 07/31

Admissions: 5,579,579

Gross: $37.7M

Weeks in Top 10: 5

6. "Hide and Seek"

Director: Huh Jung

Genre: Thriller

Length: 108min

Stars: Son Hyun-joo, Moon Jung-hee, Jeon Mi-sun

Release Date: 08/14

Admissions: 5,604,104

Gross: $37.5M

Weeks in Top 10: 4

5. "Secretly and Greatly"

Director: Jang Cheol-soo ("Bedevilled")

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama

Length: 123min

Stars: Kim Soo-hyun, Park Ki-woong, Lee Hyun-woo, Son Hyun-joo

Release Date: 06/05

Admissions: 6,959,083

Gross: $46.1M

Weeks in Top 10: 6

4. "The Berlin File"

Director: Ryoo Seung-wan ("The Unjust", "Dachimawa Lee", "The City of Violence")

Genre: Action

Length: 120min

Stars: Ha Jung-woo, Han Suk-kyu, Ryoo Seung-bum, Jun Ji-hyun

Release Date: 01/30

Admissions: 7,166,268

Gross: $49.6M

Weeks in Top 10: 7

3. "The Face Reader"

Director: Han Jae-rim ("The Show Must Go on", "Rules of Dating")

Genre: Historical, Drama

Length: 140min

Stars: Song Kang-ho, Lee Jung-jae, Baek Yoon-sik, Jo Jung-suk

Release Date: 09/11

Admissions: 9,134,390

Gross: $62.6M

Weeks in Top 10: 6

2. "Snowpiercer"

Director: Bong Joon-ho ("Mother - 2009", "The Host", "Memories of Murder")

Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction

Length: 125min

Stars: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton

Release Date: 08/01

Admissions: 9,341,572

Gross: $63.5M

Weeks in Top 10: 8

1. "Miracle in Cell No. 7"

Director: Lee Hwan-gyeong ("Champ", "Lump sugar", "The Guy was Cool")

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Length: 127min

Stars: Ryu Seung-ryong, Kal So-won, Oh Dal-soo, Park Shin-hye

Release Date: 01/23

Admissions: 12,810,776

Gross: $86.7M

Weeks in Top 10: 11

C.J. Wheeler (

Sources: HanCinema; KOBIZ; AsianWiki

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