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'Suzume' becomes 3rd most-viewed animated film of all time in S. Korea

11:16 May 01, 2023

SEOUL, May 1 (Yonhap) -- "Suzume" has become the third most-viewed animated film ever released in South Korea, the film's importer said Monday.

Japanese director Makoto Shinkai's latest animation gathered 5.118 million admissions as of Sunday, surpassing the cumulative audience of "Kung Fu Panda 2" at 5,064,000, Media Castle said.

"Suzume" is now No. 3 on the list of most-viewed animated films in South Korea after "Frozen 2" (13.75 million) and "Frozen" (13 million).

A scene from "Suzume," an animated Japanese film, provided by the South Korean importer Media Castle (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The Japanese animation passed the 5 million mark Friday, becoming the first film released to date this year in the country to achieve the feat.

"Suzume" is an adventure road story where a 17-year-old girl named Suzume helps a mysterious young man close magical doors that are unleashing disasters all over Japan.

The film is the last piece of his "disaster trilogy" following "Your Name" (2016) and "Weathering With You" (2019), inspired by the 2011 earthquake in Japan.


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