More than 200 million people were expected to have watched films in theaters this year as of Wednesday, setting a record in Korean cinema history. Last year, a total of 194,890,587 people hit theaters to watch films in Korea.
Korean films alone attracted 118,160,000 viewers this year, exceeding last year’s record of 114,613,190. The market share of Korean movies also reached 59.1 percent this year, surpassing that of foreign films, which stood at 40.9 percent.
This year saw releases of English-language films by famed Korean filmmakers, including Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho. Korean films, including “The Face Reader” and “The Berlin File,” also enjoyed great popularity, attracting 9,130,000 and 7,160,000 viewers, respectively.