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‘The King’s Letters’ tops box office

July 26,2019
“The King’s Letters” reached the top spot at local box office on its first day of release, according to the Korean Film Council on Thursday.

The local film outranked foreign films such as “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Toy Story 4” which have dominated the local box office for last six weeks. It is the first local film since “Parasite” to be ranked No. 1.

However, the film is facing controversies even after its release.

Some audiences have criticized the movie for distorting history and denying King Sejong’s contribution to the creation of the national letter system hangul.

Meanwhile, the film was cleared of the charge that it had infringed the copyrights of the book “The Way of Hunminjeongeum, Biography of Ven. Hyegak” (2014) by author Park Hae-jin.

The book’s publishing company Nanok filed for an injunction to ban the film from screening on July 2, but the court dismissed the charges as it ruled that the film’s content does not originate from Park’s works.

By Lee Jae-lim