Korean film “Master,” which was filmed in the Philippines, has grossed $49.81 million (P2.47 billion) at the Korean box office.
The crime-action movie stars Lee Byung Hun who plays the role of Jin Hyun-pil, who runs the One Network Inc company.
Kim Jae-myung, played by Kang Dong Won, is the chief of the Intellectual Crime Investigation team who suspects that the company is involved in fraud and pursues Jin and Park Jang-goon, played by Kim Woo Bin, in the Philippines.
“Master” was released last December and to date, the film has sold 7.14 million tickets, according to data from the Korean Film Council.
It topped the daily box office on its first day on Dec. 21, grossing $2.5 million. It zoomed to No. 1 at the Korean monthly box office in December, grossing $34 million with 4.9 million total admissions and ended up as the No. 11 bestselling film for 2016 in Korea.
The movie was filmed starting in April last year. In the Philippines, about 200 local staff and 120 local policemen and guards were mobilized during the filming in Tondo.
Jones Bridge in Manila was also used in the film for one of its major scenes.
Lee Byung Hun earlier described the sweltering heat in Manila.
“Manila’s hot and humid weather was tough, too. Because of the weather, there are countless insects. There was an overwhelming number of mosquitoes. The shooting condition was very harsh,” the star told KBS’ “Entertainment Relay” TV program last November.