Jul 29, 2017
Moviegoers wait at a theater in Seoul on July 26, 2017, to see the new movie "The Battleship Island" that opened across South Korea. The film depicts Koreans' desperate attempt to escape coal mines on Japan's Hashima Island, where they were forced to work during World War II, when Korea was a colony of Japan. (Yonhap)
"The Battleship Island
" (군함도), a big-budget South Korean movie, surpassed 3 million in attendance here on Saturday, the fourth day of its run, the film's local distributor said.
The pace is one day faster than the Hollywood film "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in surpassing the 3-million mark, according to CJ E&M.
"The Battleship Island" is an action drama movie written and directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, inspired by atrocities and ordeals faced by hundreds of forced Korean coal miners and sex slaves at Hashima Island, located off the coast of the Japanese city of Nagasaki, during World War II.
Many South Koreans still harbor deep resentment against Japan for its harsh colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945 when many young Korean women were forced to serve as sexual slaves for Japanese soldiers. Several million Koreans were forcibly taken to Japan as laborers during the period.
Yet, the film has been embroiled in a series of controversies, including the issue of dominating screens backed by the country's food and entertainment giant CJ, which runs both cinema chain CJ CGV and movie distributor CJ E&M.