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'Your Name.' tops 3 mln, becomes most-viewed animated Japanese film in S. Korea

2017/01/22 17:48

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- "Your Name." has drawn audiences of more than 3 million, becoming the most-viewed Japanese animation ever in South Korean theaters, the film's local importer said Sunday.

Released on Jan. 4, the hit animated film scored 3.02 million viewers as of 3 p.m. Sunday, according to Media Castle.

It passed Hayao Miyasaki's 2004 work "Howl's Moving Castle" as the most popular animated Japanese movie of all time in South Korea.

This image provided by Media Castle shows the official poster of "Your Name." (Yonhap) This image provided by Media Castle shows the official poster of "Your Name." (Yonhap)

The Makoto Shinkai film, which had also previously topped the box offices of China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan, depicts the story of two teenagers who accidentally switch bodies.

"Your Name." ranked eighth among all animated films that have been shown in the country.

Hollywood titles "Frozen" (10.29 million), "Kung Fu Panda 2" (5 million), "Inside Out" (4.96 million), "Zootopia" (4.7 million) and "Kung Fu Panda 1" (4.65 million) are currently the five most popular animated films. Two other Hollywood films -- "Kung Fu Panda 3" (3.98 million) and "Shrek 2" (3.3 million) -- round out the top seven.

As "Your Name." topped 3 million, Shinkai is expected to visit South Korea again to fulfill his pledge to do so if the movie passes the milestone. He made the pledge when he last visited Seoul early this month for the film's promotional activities.

"We're currently discussing visit schedules with the filmmaker," a Media Castle official said requesting not to be named.

Also on Sunday, the homegrown comedy-action flick "Confidential Assignment" exceeded the 100 million viewers on the fifth day of its run.

sshim@yna.co.kr

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