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Documentary about Sewol ferry sinking a box office sensation

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Updated : April 20 2018

A new documentary film on the tragic ferry sinking of 2014 is in the midst of a sensational run at the box office, data showed Friday, as the country marked the fourth anniversary of one of its worst maritime disasters earlier this week.

"Intention" became the most-watched political-current affairs documentary film of all time in the country on Thursday, attracting an accumulated audience of 276,474, according to the computerized box office tally from the Korean Film Council Friday.

The Sewol ferry sank on April 16, 2014, taking the lives of nearly 300 passengers, mostly students and teachers who were on a school field trip.

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A still from "Intention"
Released on April 12, the new film, directed by Kim Ji-young, follows what happened from the time when the ill-fated ferry left the Incheon port for the southern resort island of Jeju and intends to provide a fact-based scientific analysis of why the ferry sank.

The previous lead in the category of political-current affairs documentary was "Criminal Conspiracy" about the alleged media censorship by the former Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung-bak governments. The movie drew an audience of 260,512 during its theatrical run in August 2017.

"Intention" topped the record of "Criminal Conspiracy" eight days after its release. The latest film topped the chart for three days from Monday, the fourth anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking, adding 20,000 to 30,000 views to the audience tally each day.

On Thursday, the documentary ranked third on the daily box office chart after the Hollywood sci-fi action flick "Rampage" and the Korean crime-thriller "Marionette." (Yonhap)

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