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Movie industry sales revenue in South Korea 2008-2019

In 2019, the movie industry's sales revenue in South Korea amounted to approximately 2.5 trillion South Korean won. In that year, a total of 609 movies were produced in South Korea.

The success of Parasite

The South Korean movie industry is regaining attention from audiences all around the world. In the beginning of 2020, the movie Parasite by Bong Joon-ho won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Parasite was the first non-English movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The movie was especially successful in Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.


The term Hallyu, literally meaning the Korean wave, refers to the popularity and success of South Korean culture around the world. While the current focus is mostly on K-pop and Korean dramas, the movie industry has been an integral part of the movement from early on. According to a survey in 2019, around 31 percent of respondents stated that they perceived South Korean movies to be “very popular” in their country.

Sales revenue of the film industry in South Korea from 2008 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

2008 to 2019

Special properties

box office revenue, value added, and overseas sales included

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.
Note: 1,000 South Korean won equal 0.84 U.S. dollars and 0.75 euros as of March 2020.

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