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More South Koreans see movies alone: market report

All News 15:53 February 08, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has seen a rapid increase in the number of people going to see movies alone over the past five years, a market report showed Wednesday.

The group increased to 13.3 percent of the total audience last year from 7.7 percent in 2012 and 10.7 percent in 2015, according to the report released by CGV Research Center that analyzed the multi-screen cinema chain's ticket sales.

The share of those who watched a film alone at least once a year also rose to 32.9 percent last year from 20.8 percent in 2012.

Moviegoers walk past the poster for the Korean action film "Train to Busan" at a Seoul theater on Aug. 7, 2016. (Yonhap)

Men in their 30s and women aged 50 or older made up the largest portion of lone moviegoers.

The survey showed they prefer watching movies alone because "they can focus on the film" (57.4 percent), "it's troublesome to decide when and where to watch when there is a companion," (20.3 percent) and "it's annoying to find a companion" (13.1 percent).

The report also indicated the shrinking proportion of movie customers in their early 30s. People aged 30-34 made up 19.9 percent of the total audience in 2012 but fell to 15.7 percent in 2016, it said.

Lee Seung-won, head of the research center, attributed the change to worsening youth unemployment.

That age group preferred the action, sci-fi and crime thriller genres to drama and romantic comedy, according to the report.


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