The film is directed by Choi Dong Hoon, the visionary behind the 2012 hit “The Thieves,” and is set in 1930s Korea during the Japanese colonial period. The three leads play a trio that is tasked with assassinating a Japanese general.
“Assassination” was released on July 22 in Korea and by July 23 had already brought in 7.2 billion won (6.2 million US dollars). On its opening day, it was shown on 57% of the country’s theater screens, which amounts to 1,330 out of 2,300 screens. 477,586 people saw it in theaters on that day alone, which is the best opening day for a Korean film this year so far!
It also broke this year’s record for the fastest Korean film to reach one million ticket sales, as it had already hit that number by the morning of July 24. It sounds like the stars should be preparing to fulfill those box office promises they made!
After the film’s huge domestic success, it has now been announced that “Assassination” will be released in North America on August 7, and will be distributed by Well Go USA. This is the same company that also handled the North American distribution of the previous Korean blockbuster hits “The Pirates,” “The Attorney,” and “The Thieves.”
A representative from the film’s domestic distribution company Showbox says, “The August 7 opening has been confirmed, but the number of screens on which it will be shown will be determined early next week.”
Do you hope that you can see “Assassination” in a theater near you soon?