Director Lee Han and principle actors Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi released a celebratory picture. "Innocent Witness" passed the million viewer milestone today, so they have reason to be happy. The film achieved this in eight days after a slow start largely on the strength of word-of-mouth.
"Innocent Witness" is a legal drama about the relationship between a defense attorney and an autistic high school student who is the only witness to a death that could either be a murder or a suicide. The film has been praised largely for its emotional realism. It's a stoic low-key look both at the criminal justice system and what life is like for a teenage girl with autism.
"Innocent Witness" has hit this milestone faster than "Punch", director Lee Han's previous popular word-of-mouth film about the lives of South Korean teenagers. "Punch" required nine days to get a million viewers, and eventually left cinemas having achieved an impressive total of 5,311,533 admissions.
"Punch" was also Yoo Ah-in's breakout film role that established him as a major star. It remains to be seen whether "Innocent Witness" can match this success, as it faces competition from "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" this weekend.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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