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Korean sports film draws over 5 million viewers

Ticket sales for the Korean ski jumping film "Take Off (Gukgadaepyo)" topped 5 million over the weekend, becoming the second most-watched local film among this year's releases, the Korean Film Council said Monday and Yonhap News reported.

Featuring the country's oft-overlooked national ski jumping team, the film drew more than 5.2 million viewers as of Sunday, its 26th day of screening
, the film council said.

"Take Off" is the second movie to surpass the 5-million viewer mark among this year's domestic releases following "Haeundae," and continues to top the local box office.

"Haeundae," a big-budget disaster film directed by Yoon Je-kyoon, has drawn more than 10 million viewers, according to its distributor JK Films, becoming the fifth Korean movie to reach the milestone.

Part non-fiction, "Take Off" spotlights a hodge-podge ski jumping team assembled to support a bid by the Korean city of Muju for the Winter Olympics in 1996. Directed by Kim Yong-hwa, creator of the 2006 box office hit "200 Pound Beauty," the film stars actor Ha Jeong-woo, who plays a Korean-American adoptee and former U.S. junior alpine skier.

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