Historical Drama “12.12: The Day” Becomes South Korea’s Most-Viewed Film of the Year

Seoul, South Korea - "12.12: The Day," a film depicting South Korea's 1979 military coup, has emerged as the country's most-watched film of the year. The local distributor, Plus M Entertainment, reported on Monday that as of 4:45 p.m., the movie's ticket sales had reached 10.69 million. This figure surpasses the previous record-holder, "The Roundup: No Way Out," which had 10.68 million admissions.

According to Yonhap News Agency, "12.12: The Day" achieved over 10 million admissions by Sunday, marking it as the second film this year to reach this milestone. Since its release on November 22, the period drama has maintained a strong presence at the box office, leading for 28 consecutive days until the release of "Noryang: Deadly Sea." Directed by Kim Sung-su, "12.12: The Day" portrays the intense conflict during the coup, led by Chun Doo-kwang, against Capital Defense Commander Lee Tae-shin. The film, a blend of real events and fiction, features actors Hwang Jung-min and Jung Woo-sung in the leading roles.

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