Lee Byung Hun Sets Personal Best Record for “Gwanghae”


Lee Byung Hun‘s recent film “Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King” is enjoying great success as it has passed the 7 million viewer mark.

According to the film distribution company, CJ E&M, “Gwanghae” has surpassed the 7 million viewership number on the afternoon of October 3.

“Gwanghae” has reached this milestone in a mere 21 days since its release. This is 13 days faster than the previous hit film, “The King and the Clown,” which took 34 days to reach 7 million viewers. This is also 25 days faster than last year’s most successful film, “War of the Arrows.”

During the Chuseok holiday, “Gwanghae” attracted about 1,820,000 viewers. Yesterday, October 2, which is not a holiday, around 670,000 viewers went to watch the film.

This is a personal best for the film’s leading man, Lee Byung Hun. Before “Gwanghae,” Lee Byung Hun’s most successful film was “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” in 2008, which recorded a total of 6,680,000 viewers. “Gwanghae” was Lee Byung Hun’s first sageuk, or historical film and played two different roles, which made him receive acclaim for his acting skills.

Meanwhile, Lee Byung Hun will attend the 17th Busan International Film Festival on October 4 with director Choo Chang Min to hold an open talk with fans about the film.