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The South Korean box office saw an all-time high in August, drawing over 20 million moviegoers for the first time in two years, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced Monday.

Some 21.4 million tickets were sold, which purely in terms of numbers would account for about 43.2 percent of South Korea’s 49.5-million population.

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The largest investor and distributor of “Haeundae” vowed strong legal action against digital thefts of the Korean blockbuster Sunday, claiming the recent illegal circulation of the film on the Web is expected to cause it a “colossal amount of damage,” Yonhap News said.

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Supporting actors appearing in local dramas have begun unleashing their charms, and more viewers are starting to recognize their presence.

MBC’s hit drama “The Great Queen Seondeok” boasts a lineup of interesting characters surrounding the main character, Deok-man, played by Lee Yo-won, who later becomes the first queen in Korea’s history.

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It seems the film industry has emerged as one of the few recession-proof industries while the economy struggles to regain its footing. The stats are out, showing that Korean films recorded their best ever performance, with a 4.7 percent increase in revenue from ticket sales compared to a year earlier.

An estimated 72 million Koreans went to the movies in the first six months of this year raking in about 477 billion won ($370 million) in revenue. Although attendance fell short of 2006’s record-setting figure of 77.4 million, profits during the first half of this year saw a conservative increase from 473 billion won that year.

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Viewers will soon be able to see the fifth part of the movie series “Whispering Corridors,” which began in 1998. The series has gained popularity so far for producing many top actresses, such as Kim Kyu-ri, Choi Kang-hee, Park Jin-hee, Kim Min-seon, Park Ye-jin, Lee Young-jin, Kong Hyo-jin, Song Ji-hyo, Park Han-byeol, Cho An, Kim Ok-bin, Seo Ji-hye, Chae Ye-rin and this time Chang Kyung-ah, 22, Sohn Eun-seo, 23, Oh Yeon-seo, 22, Yoo Shin-ae, 21, and Song Min-jung, 22.

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Ticket sales for the South Korean film “Thirst” (Bakjwi) were expected to top 1 million Monday, five days after the Cannes-nominated movie was released here, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The banned poster of "Thirst"

The banned poster of "Thirst"

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Korea and Japan have been at center stage when it comes to television dramas, and the Korean Broadcasting Institute has revealed the differences of the two close yet distant countries’ drama production.

 scene from Japanese drama “Nodame Cantabile.” (Korea Times)

scene from Japanese drama “Nodame Cantabile.” (Korea Times)

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