Lee Byung Hun and Kim Jae Joong became the most successful Korean actors in Japan for 2013 so far, as their films were marked as the top two highest grossing films in the country.
Hallyu magazine It′s KOREAL, released on July 26, revealed the top 10 highest-grossing Korean films in Japan for the first half of 2013.
The highest-grossing film turned out to be Masquerade, which gathered a 12 million audience in Korea. It premiered across 90 theaters in Japan in February, and beat out other local films at the time in audience satisfaction.
The no. 2 spot went to JYJ Kim Jae Joong′s first film in a lead role, The Jackal is Coming. Though it wasn′t as successful in Korea, tickets to its shows on its premiere day in Japan had sold out, and the DVD holding its behind-the-scenes videos topped the Oricon with its release.
Kim Soo Hyun′s The Thieves, Joo Ji Hoon′s I Am the King, FT Island Lee Hong Gi′s Phoenix, the Song of Promise, So Ji Sub′s A Company Man, Song Joong Ki′s A Werewolf Boy, Hyun Bin′s Come Rain, Come Shine, Park Si Hoo′s Confession of Murder and Rain′s R2B: Return to Base followed in order.