According to a September 23 report from the Korean Film Commission, “I Can Speak” attracted 121,388 moviegoers on September 22 alone, placing it as the top film at the South Korean box office. So far, the film has sold a total of 240,214 tickets.
The film, which was released on September 21, tells the story of an elderly woman (played by Na Moon Hee) who constantly files complaints with the local office about the wrongs that she sees around her each day. Along the way, she forms an unlikely friendship with a junior civil service officer (played by Lee Je Hoon) who begins to teach her English. Though the film is a comedy, the genre serves as a vehicle to discuss the deeper topic of Korean comfort women during World War II. This combination of comedy and emotional weight is drawing viewers to the theater.
In second place stands “Memoir of a Murder,” starring Sul Gyung Goo. Following this is “Baby Driver” in third place, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” in fourth, and “American Made” at fifth.