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Ticket sales for 'New World' pass 4 mln mark
SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korean movie "New World" has exceeded 4 million tickets sold in local cinemas, official box-office data showed Tuesday.

   The star-studded noir-action film had sold about 4.17 million tickets as of Monday, 26 days after opening in local cinemas, according to the Korean Film Council that tracks the box-office figures.

   A film drawing an audience of 4 million is normally considered a commercial success in South Korea with a population of 50 million.

   Starring Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-shik and Hwang Jung-min, the flick is about a young police detective sent to infiltrate an organized crime ring as a mole. After eight years of living a double life as a member of the ring, he succeeds in gaining the trust of the organization's No. 2 man but soon lands in trouble as police begin an operation to bust the gang members.

   It was written and directed by Park Hoon-jung who made his directorial debut with "The Showdown" in 2010. He is best known as the script writer of "I Saw the Devil" (2010) by director Kim Jee-woon and "The Unjust" (2010) directed by Ryoo Seung-wan.