Kwak Kyung-taek's Friend continues to rewrite the Korean film industry record books.
It notched seven million admissions on its 52nd day of release (May 21) making it the most popular- Korean film of all time. The film, is currently playing on 38 screens in Seoul and 128 nationwide.
Based on director Kwak's own youth in the southern port city of Pusan, Friend tells the story of four childhood friends who go their separate ways as they approach adulthood, with two becoming gangsters.
The film, which was produced by Cineline and is distributed locally by Korea Pictures, has topped the national box office for eight straight weeks. During this run it has set several Korean film industry records, including: fastest ever to reach the six-million admissions mark (38 days); biggest opening weekend (223,426 admissions in Seoul and 582,902 nationwide); most advance ticket sales (77,291); fastest budget recoupment (two days).
It is sold internationally by CineClick Asia.