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Film on inter-Korean naval clash tops box-office

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Updated : June 25 2015

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"Northern Limit Line" (Movie poster)
A film depicting a bloody inter-Korean naval clash 13 years ago landed at No. 1 on the local box-office chart, data showed Thursday.

The "Northern Limit Line" topped the daily box-office ranking on Wednesday drawing an audience of 153,404 on opening day, according to data from the computerized box-office system operated by the Korean Film Council.

Also known as the "Battle of Yeonpyeong," the new film is based on the naval skirmish between the two Koreas on June 29, 2002, in waters off the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong in the Yellow Sea.

Six sailors were killed and 18 others were injured after a fierce exchange of fire, which was sparked when two North Korean patrol boats infiltrated the maritime border.

Directed by Kim Hak-soon and starring Gim Mu-yeol, Jin Goo and Lee Hyun-woo, the 8-billion-won (US$7.2 million) project has drawn media attention for raising part of the production cost through crowd-funding.

Another Korean film "The Classified File" by director Kwak Hyung-taek came second on the daily chart, attracting 137,396 viewers on the same day.

It was followed by the Hollywood blockbuster "Jurassic World" with 101,562 and "Minority Opinion" with 34,334.

"Jurassic World" currently sits at No. 1 on the box-office ranking for this month, drawing more than 3.7 million viewers in total. The U.S. disaster epic "San Andreas" ranked second with 1,705,878 and "The Classified File" third with 1,595,101. (Yonhap)

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