“Roaring Currents” Sets Record For First Korean Movie to Reach 16 Million Viewers, Snatches No. 1 Spot from “Avatar”

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After beating the record of box-office hit films “The Host” and “The Thieves” for reaching 10 million viewers in only 12 days since it premiered, the movie “Roaring Currents” has set another record this time for reaching 16 million viewers, a first in the Korean movie industry.

According to the investment distribution company CJ Entertainment, the accumulated number of viewers of the film “Roaring Currents” has surpassed the 16 million mark by the morning of August 24.

“Roaring Currents,” the film that has attained the best opening viewership score with 680,000, the best weekday viewership score with 980,000, and the best daily viewership score with 1.25 million since it opened, has beaten the film “Avatar” for the no. 1 position on August 16 and has made new records since it opened on July 30.

The movie “Roaring Currents” has been gaining popularity not only in Korea but in North America as well. Anticipation is high for the next records that the movie will set both locally and internationally now that it has reached 16 million viewers in Korea.

“Roaring Currents” is a film that takes place in the year 1597, when General Lee Soon Shin defeated 330 enemy ships with only 12 of his own. Veteran actor Choi Min Shik plays the role of Lee Soon Shin. Acting alongside him are Ryu Seung Ryong, Jo Jin Woong, Jin Gu, Lee Jung Hyun, Kwon Yul, Kim Tae Hoon, Otani Ryohei, Go Kyung Pyo, and No Min Woo. The director, Kim Han Min, is known for films such as “War of the Arrows,” “Cellphone,” and “Paradise Murdered.”