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Korean romantic thriller opens at No. 1

All Headlines 11:47 April 18, 2016

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- "Time Renegades," a time travel romantic thriller, debuted at No. 1 on the weekend box office chart, data showed Monday.

The flick added 336,140 viewers to its audience total of 546,738 during the April 15-17 weekend, according to the computerized box office data from the Korean Film Council.

The CJ E&M film is about two men -- one of them a high school teacher living in 1983 and the other a police detective living in 2015 but connected through dreams -- seeking to save a woman they both love. It stars actors Cho Jung-seok, Lee Jin-wook, and actress Im Soo-jung.

"Time Renegades" is the first Korean feature film released by director Kwak Jae-yong, best known for such box office hits as "The Classic (2003)" and "My Sassy Girl (2001)," in a decade.

Another domestic thriller, "Insane," came in the second, drawing 190,589 viewers to 534 screens across the country.

"Insane" features the nation's cruel reality in which a normal person can legitimately become a mental patient with consent from two legal guardians and a psychiatrist.

The Hollywood film "The Huntsman: Winter's War" ranked at No. 3 with 169,809 in attendance. It is a prequel to 2012's fantasy blockbuster "Snow White And The Huntsman."

The long-hitting Disney animation "Zootopia" came next, adding 164,120 to its domestic audience tally of 4.23 million. The number is the highest of all films that opened this year.

Set in the animal world of "Zootopia," where predators and prey live in peace and harmony, the American 3-D computer-animated comedy adventure film revolves around the world's first rabbit police officer in history, named Judy.

"Love, Lies," a Korean period drama starring actresses Han Hyo-joo, Chun Woo-hee and actor Yoo Yeon-seok debuted on 572 screens across the country on Wednesday but managed to amass only 133,563 viewers.

The film, set in early 1940s Seoul under Japan's colonial rule, depicts a story of Korea's last-remaining "gisaengs," professional female entertainers, who want to become pop singers.


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