by Lily Alice, February 11, 2024

The K-movie Citizen of a Kind, directed by Park Young Ju, has topped the domestic box office for two days straight during the Lunar New Year holiday. 

According to the Korean Film Council's Integrated Computer Network for Film Admission Tickets, Citizen of a Kind attracted 136,782 moviegoers on February 10, which makes the total number of moviegoers 1,241,292. Following the Hollywood musical Wonka, it ranked second at the box office but secured the top spot among Korean films. 

Citizen of a Kind is an investigative drama movie that tells the story of Deok Hee (Ra Mi Ran), an ordinary citizen who falls victim to voice phishing and then receives a request for help from a member of the scam organization, Jae Min (Gong Myung). 

Deok Hee then convinces her colleagues, Bong Rim (Yeom Hye Ran) and Sook Ja (Jang Yoon Ju), for this operation to get the money back. 

The cast includes both veteran and young actors such as Ra Mi Ran, Gong Myung, Yeom Hye Ran, Park Byung Eun, Jang Yoon Ju, Lee Moo Saeng, and Ahn Eun Jin, among others.  

The K-movie is inspired by a real-life incident from 2016, when Kim Seong Ja, a middle-aged laundry shop owner, received a phone call from a gang member asking her to rescue him. With the laundry shop owner's help, the boss of the criminal organization boss was arrested.

Citizen of a Kind has risen to prominence as a film of public interest, touching on topics such as awareness of voice phishing crimes.