Korean Film News


Silmido sets new box-office record / 2004-02-03






KANG Woo-suk's Silmido has set a new local box-office record, passing 8.2 million admissions on January 31. The previous record holder Friend by KWAK Kyung-taek sold 8.2 million tickets in 2001, and no film since then has managed to top 6 million admissions until now.

Silmido is based on the true story of death-row convicts who were trained by the South Korean army to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. Distributed by Cinema Service, the film is expected by some to pass the 10 million admissions barrier, which would add up to well over $50m.

The film features respected stars AHN Sung-ki, SOL Kyung-gu, and a wide cast of supporting actors. Shot in Korea, Malta, and New Zealand, the film cost close to $7m to make -- quite a high level by local standards.