‘Ode’ reaches 10 million admissions

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‘Ode’ reaches 10 million admissions


Korean film “Ode to My Father” has become the first domestic movie to reach 10 million admissions this year, according to the Korean Film Council on Wednesday.

The film, which was released on Dec. 17, chronicles the life of an ordinary Korean father who goes thorough ups and downs during the country’s modernization.

It became the 11th Korean film to set the record.

Many local films such as “The Host” (2006), “Haeundae” (2009) and “The Attorney” (2013) have achieved such a feat, but “Ode to My Father” attracted 10 million viewers in the shortest period of time.

Director Yoon Je-kyun became the nation’s first director to have two movies - “Haeundae” and “Ode to My Father” - under his belt that attracted more than 20 million moviegoers altogether.

Since the film is set in Korea’s modern history, some critics say the film beautifies the past.

But the controversy surrounding the film is said to promote it even further.

Director Yoon, however, said he “just wanted to talk about his father and his generation, who sacrificed themselves for their children.”

“Avatar” (2009) and “Frozen” (2013) are among international films that attracted more than 10 million moviegoers to movie theaters in Korea.

BY SUNG SO-YOUNG [so@joongang.co.kr]

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