"Forever the Moment", a sports film revolving around the Korean women's national handball team, has become the first hit of 2008 at the Korean box office, debuting at No. 1 and taking in US $5.3 million in weekend ticket sales. Initially opening January 10th on 410 screens nationwide, the film expanded over the next five days to 494 screens as word-of-mouth bolstered turn-out.
Its success confirms the directing talent of Lim Soon-rye, who has returned to feature filmmaking after a six year hiatus. Both her debut effort "Three Friends" (1996) and her second feature "Waikiki Brothers" (2001) were critical favorites, with the latter spawning a cult following and a musical adaptation.
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