K-occult horror 'Exhuma' sets new record in ticket sales in South Korea


Kim Go-eun plays an exorcist in the movie. Photo: Handout

South Korean theatres are experiencing a much-needed boom in February with the release of Exhuma by the so-called K-occult genre master Jang Jae-hyun.

According to box office data from the Korean Film Council, Exhuma attracted 2 million theatregoers within four days of the movie opening on Feb 22.

Exhuma is attracting moviegoers at a much faster pace compared to the 2023 hit film 12. 12: The Day, hitting the 1 million admissions mark within three days – a day earlier than the 2023 film.

The movie, which cost 1.4 billion won (RM4.7mil) to produce, is likely to soon reach the breakeven point of 3.3 million admissions.

Exhuma, Jang’s first work in five years, centres on the story of Sang-deok (Choi Min-sik), who is tasked with relocating a tomb with the help of Young-geun (Yoo Hae-jin), an undertaker, after young exorcists Hwa-rim (Kim Go-eun) and Bong-gil (Lee Do-hyun) receive a hefty sum of money and discover through a supernatural phenomenon a dark omen related to a wealthy Los Angeles family.

The movie is actor Choi’s first-ever occult genre flick in his 35-year acting career. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

Exhuma is set to open at cinemas in Malaysia on March 14.

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