Historical Film ‘12.12: The Day’ Hits 12 Million Admissions in South Korea

Seoul, South Korea - "12.12: The Day," a film chronicling the 1979 military coup in South Korea, has reached a milestone of over 12 million admissions as of Monday, according to its local distributor. The movie, released on November 22, has quickly become a sensation, emerging as the most-watched film in South Korea for the year 2023.

According to Yonhap News Agency, "12.12: The Day" has not only garnered significant viewership but has also surpassed the 2004 film "Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War," which recorded 11.7 million admissions. It is now on track to exceed the admissions of the 2017 historical drama "A Taxi Driver," which had 12.2 million viewers.

Directed by Kim Sung-su, "12.12: The Day" delves into the intense nine hours of conflict that unfolded on December 12, 1979, between Chun Doo-kwang, the head of the Defense Security Command leading the coup, and Capital Defense Commander Lee Tae-shin, who staunchly opposed the takeover. While the movie is anchored in historical events, it integrates fictional elements and characters for dramatic effect. Hwang Jung-min and Jung Woo-sung, prominent actors, portray the two principal characters in the film.

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