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‘The Thieves’ breaks 10 million mark

Aug. 16, 2012 - 19:54 By Korea Herald
A scene from “The Thieves”
“The Thieves” became the sixth Korean movie to reach 10 million viewers, achieving the feat in just 22 days.

According to the Korean Film Council, “The Thieves” brought in 10,095,387 viewers in total as of Wednesday. Released on July 25, the movie is now showing on 552 screens.

Director Kang woo-suk’s “Silmido” (2003) was the first Korean film to draw 10 million viewers, followed by “TaeGukGi: Brotherhood Of War,” “The King and the Clown,” “The Host,” and “Haeundae.”

“The Host” (2006), directed by Bong Joon-ho, so far holds the record for most viewers among South Korean films with over 13 million. The film reached the 10 million mark in only 21 days. “The Thieves” is the first movie to break the 10 million barrier since “Haeundae” (2009).

The star-studded movie “The Thieves” tells the story of a group of 10 professional thieves who travel to Macau to steal a diamond necklace.

By Jennifer Ryu, Intern reporter