'Roaring Currents' hits 10-million viewer mark in record timeUpdated: 2014-08-11 06:44:08 (KST)
"Roaring Currents" is breaking record after record.
According to distributor CJ Entertainment, the Korean historical drama surpassed the 10-million-viewer mark with 10-million-2-hundred-20-thousand admissions as of Sunday morning.
It hit the milestone just twelve days after its release, the fastest speed in Korean cinema history.
But that's not all.
It broke the opening day and opening weekend records, attracting 680-thousand on opening day and 3.3 million moviegoers this weekend.
On top of that, it holds the title of most-watched film on a single weekday and the film to reach 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 million viewers at the fastest rate.
"Roaring Currents" hit the 10-million-viewer mark 10 days faster than "The Host" and "The Thieves" and a whopping 26 days quicker than "Avatar," the most-viewed film in Korean cinema history.
So what's so sensational about the movie?
The film, by director Kim Han-min, starring the always dependable veteran actor Choi Min-sik, revolves around the historical battle of Myeongnyang, in which legendary Korean Admiral Yi Sun-shin defeated over 133 Japanese warships with just 12 ships in 1597.
Film critics attribute the movie's success to the well-made naval combat scenes and the lingering mood of sadness over the country since the sinking of the Sewol-ho ferry last spring.
They say the film reminds people of a heroic figure who has been in their history textbooks since they were little and makes them proud in contrast to the tragic events of the ferry disaster in April.
Experts say if the film's record-breaking streak continues, it won't be long before it reaches an all-time high for the total number of viewers.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News.
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