Veteran Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first Korean-language film, “Broker” topped the box office in South Korea on its opening day.
The film produced by Zip Cinema was shown on 1,590 screens on Wednesday and sold a total of 145,000 tickets for those screenings, according to the Korean Film Council. Its combined total of $1.15 million includes about $44,000 of earnings from previews garnered on 14 screens.
The film, which depicts a sensitive and compassionate look at the market for unwanted children, was shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival a month ago and won the award for best actor for the male lead with “Parasite” star Song Kang-ho.
“This film tells the story of a family which came together by choice. Each character had been rejected. They set off on a car journey, as if by accident. Each has committed offenses. They all try for once in their life to do something good, to a greater or lesser degree,” said Kore-eda during a press conference at Cannes.
Watch the movie trailer here.