1:09 pm - 04/15/2019

Film about Sewol ferry disaster wins box office

A Korean film about the tragic Sewol ferry sinking rose to the top spot of the weekend box office with the approach of the disaster's fifth anniversary, data showed Monday.

"Birthday" sold 231,089 tickets from Friday to Sunday for a cumulative total of 761,807, according to the data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

Directed by Lee Jong-eon, the film starring Seol Kyung-gu and Jeon Do-yeon climbed a spot to top the chart in its second weekend, while the previous No. 1, "Shazam!" was pushed down to fifth.

The drama revolves around a family coping with the loss of their son in the ferry accident.

The Sewol ferry sank in waters off the southern coast on April 16 in 2014, killing 304 of the 476 passengers, most of whom were high school students on a school trip. It was one of South Korea's worst maritime disasters.

Superhero film of "Hellboy" finished second with an additional 155,584 tickets sold during the three-day period, with a total of 220,245 moviegoers on its first week at the box office.

South Korean movies "Another Child" and "Money" came in third and fourth, garnering a fresh 113,981 and 93,466 views, respectively, over the weekend.

I can't believe it's been 5 years

source: Yonhap News & EonTalk
apathycollusion 15th-Apr-2019 08:58 pm (UTC)
I seen a lot of Korean films and dramas and both Seol Kyung-gu and Jeon Do-yeon are two of the best actors from Korea or the world I have ever seen.

Seriously people check out their work with Lee Chang Dong because its some of their best work and thats saying something.
xoxkenzxox 15th-Apr-2019 09:16 pm (UTC)
5 years? gosh. How is that even possible. I still can't believe it. I remember being in university and just constantly refreshing the web praying they would find survivors. The movie looks nice and like it does justice for a grieving family after a tragedy. Is it based on a real family from the Sewol?
nekokonneko 15th-Apr-2019 09:41 pm (UTC)
I hope Netflix picks it up, I really want to watch this. It's still so galling to think of just how many people, most of them children, died from the clusterfuck of corruption, lack of training, poor crisis management and sheer happenstance
lightframes 15th-Apr-2019 10:56 pm (UTC)
I agree with this whole comment.
rainstormraider 16th-Apr-2019 02:05 am (UTC)
Has anyone watched Diving Bell? It’s on YT. It is a harrowing indictment on the SK government.

Now I want to watch this too.
nekokonneko 16th-Apr-2019 09:27 am (UTC)
I have and it's so...words fail me. That poor man was doing more than the appointed leadership to try and help out, and he could've probably saved someone if he had been allowed to, but no. They dithered and fucked around and let those children die and then blamed an innocent.
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