Jun Ji Hyun's latest film "Assassination" is killing it at the box office. The historical action film has superseded the international box office Marvel hit "Avengers: Age of Ultron" to become the most watched film in Korea for 2015. "Assassination" has surpassed "Age of Ultron" in terms of ticket sales.
As of this writing, "Assassination" is just a few tickets away from reaching the whopping 11 million mark. So far, the movie has reportedly earned 10.79 million viewers. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" capped its run at 10.49 viewers in Korea, but grossed around $75 million in the country. "Assassination" on the other hand is still at $71 million
The movie is top-billed by aactrss Jun Ji Hyun, Ha Jung Woo, Lee Jung Jae, and other stars. The movie first premiered during Korea's 70th Independence Day.
However, prior to meeting success, "Assassination" was faced with a critical controversy that very nearly banned it from cinemas all over the country. The movie was fired with plagiarism charges after the writer of the novel "Korean Memories" cited some similarities between the novel and movie, however, the courts ruled in favour of the movie production
The court ruled in favour of the movie production, citing that there aren't any substantial similarities between the movie and the novel that would violate Mr. Choi's rights if no remedy is afforded to him.
In response to the plagiarism claims, the movie company's legal representative said, "If there are any more claims of violations of rights on other grounds or should anybody make false claims to taint the creator's reputation, we will take serious legal action against them."