|A poster of “Masquerade” which was announced on Saturday to have exceeded 10m audience. (Yonhap news)|
The film reached 10,000,248 viewers as of 8 p.m. Saturday, according to CJ Entertainment. Only six other local films have so far reached the mark.
“Masquerade,” directed by Choo Chang-min and starring Lee Byung-hun, reached the milestone in 38 days.
It is the second local film to draw more than 10 million fans in 2012 after “The Thieves,” which broke the all-time attendance record earlier this month.
Lee plays dual roles as King Gwanghae, the 15th ruler of Korea’s last kingdom, the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and the humble acrobat Ha-sun, who stands in for the monarch when he faces the threat of being poisoned.
Gwanghae was dethroned in a coup and failed to earn a temple name. (Yonhap News)