'Along With the Gods' becomes second-most-viewed movie in Korea
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SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- The local fantasy blockbuster "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" has become the second-most-viewed film of all time in South Korea.
According to the real-time box-office tally from the Korean Film Council, the megahit movie reached 14,259,394 in total attendance as of 6 p.m. Thursday, the 51st day of its run. It edged out "Ode to My Father," the Korean film seen by 14,257,115 people in 2014.
In South Korea, movies seen by more than 10 million viewers are considered huge box-office successes. The most-viewed film of all time is the Korean historical film "Roaring Currents" that garnered 17.61 million views.
Released on Dec. 20, "Along With the Gods," is the first installment in a two-part series directed by Kim Yong-hwa and based on a popular webtoon by Joo Ho-min.
Starring Ha Jung-woo, Ju Ji-hoon and Kim Hyang-gi, the film is about a righteous firefighter who is judged in seven hells for 49 days after his death, guided by three grim reapers. Part two is scheduled to open this summer.
A still from "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds," provided by Lotte Entertainment (Yonhap)