Blockbuster success: A still from 'Myeongryang', which has been a hit in South Korea. - EPA
SEOUL: A film depicting a famous 16th century naval victory against Japanese invaders has set records at the South Korean box office.
The film has earned the distinction of drawing the largest audience and becoming the first local movie to take in more than US$100mil (RM315.5mil).
Myeongryang (Roaring Currents) attracted 13.62 million viewers as of yesterday after 18 days of screening, according to distributor CJ Entertainment.
The previous frontrunner, Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, drew 13.61 million Korean cinema goers over a span of four months.
As of Friday, the movie had earned US$100.2mil (RM316.1mil) in ticket sales.
It has become the first homemade film to be able to surpass US$100mil in revenue.
Starring Choi Min-Sik as Chosun Dynasty Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, the film depicts the story of Yi’s decisive 1597 naval victory against Japan in the Battle of Myeongryang.
Yi, who had 12 ships under his command, defeated more than 130 Japanese warships.
Choi also starred in the 2003 hit thriller Old Boy.
Relations between South Korea and Japan are currently at their lowest ebb for years over disputes related to Tokyo’s 1910-45 rule over the Korean peninsula. — AFP