Korean Film About Wartime Sex Slavery Victims Tops Box Office
Write : 2016-02-27 14:15:50 Update : 2016-02-27 14:28:24
A South Korean independent film depicting the difficult life of victims of Japan's sex slavery during World War II continues to top the domestic box office since clinching the top spot on opening day.
The movie, "Spirits' Homecoming," drew some 153-thousand-780 moviegoers on the first day of theater release on Wednesday. It continued to top the box office for three days, drawing nearly 165-thousand audiences on Friday.
The film is outpacing Hollywood blockbuster "Deadpool" which has a higher number of screens and screening times, and is increasing its share taking just under 30 percent of total ticket sales as of Friday.
Spirits' Homecoming had also the highest reservation rate just before its release. It's still number one in ticket reservations at 28-point-five percent as of 8 a.m Saturday with the high viewership expected to continue through the weekend.
Based on the testimonies of the victims, known by its euphemism, "comfort women," the movie took its motif from a painting called "Burning Virgins" drawn by Kang Il-chul, one of the victims, during her art therapy sessions.
The movie took 14 years to make with the help of actors and production crew donating their talent and also financial donations by more than 75-thousand citizens.
Even after the shooting finished, Cho Junglae, the film's director and writer, experienced difficulties for some time in securing investment and finding a distributor and local cinemas to show the movie.
But thanks to favorable reviews by film critics and online petitions by ordinary citizens to increase screenings, mega theater chains such as CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox are showing the film.
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