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‘Assassination’ Strong On Korean Theatrical Debut

Assassination,” the much anticipated period action drama by “Thieves” director Choi Dong-hoon, has got off to a bright start in Korean theaters.

Released on Wednesday (July 22), it has clocked up receipts of $6.20 million in two days, with sales of 927,000 tickets.

Financed and distributed by Showbox, the film opened on 1,330 or 57% of the country’s 2,300 screens. It share of the nationwide theatrical gross in the first two days exceeds that and stands at 69%.

Set in the first half of the 20th century when Korea was under Japanese military rule, “Assassination” is a glossy drama with resistance fighters trying to kill a Japanese general while fighting off informers within their group.

It boasts a starry cash headed by Gianna Jun (“The Thieves,” “My Sassy Girl” and TV’s “My Love From The Stars”), Ha Jung-woo (“The Chaser,” “The Yellow Sea”), and Lee Jung-jae (“The Thieves,” “The Housemaid”).

The film is due for a North American release on Aug. 7 through WellGo USA.

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