Opening on 1,310 screens nationwide, Next Entertainment World’s crime drama “The King” scored $13.2 million from 1.85 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday to top the Korean box office. That is a record for the biggest January opening in the country.
Directed by Han Jae-rim (“The Face Reader”,) and starring Zo In-sung (“A Frozen Flower”) and Jung Woo-sung (“Asura: The City of Madness”,) ‘The King” involves a young prosecutor who rises swiftly to power, but tumbles even quicker.
On 976 screens, another Korean drama, CJ’s “Confidential Assignment” earned $8.1 million from 1.15 million admissions. Starring Hyun Bin (“The Fatal Encounter”) and Yoo Hae-jin (“Luck-key”), the story revolves around cops from South and North Korea on a covert operation.
Movie: The King
Revised romanization: The King
Hangul: 더 킹
Director: Han Jae-Rim
Writer: Han Jae-Rim
Producer: Lee Jong-Ho, Han Jae-Rim
Cinematographer: Kim Woo-Hyoung
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Runtime: 134 min.
Genre: Crime / Drama
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Country: South Korea
Park Tae-Soo (Zo In-Sung) becomes a prosecutor after going through a difficult childhood. He wants to wield absolute power and meets Han Kang-Sik (Jung Woo-Sung).
Filming began February 4, 2016 and finished July 3, 2016.
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