The film was finally released in theaters on June 28 after numerous months of hype. Many viewers were looking forward to the new movie because it starred Kim Soo Hyun, one of Korea's hottest actors, and also because it's Sulli's first production as an actress after leaving f(x).
'Real' also gained great attention for the explicit scenes in which Sulli bravely threw away her idol image and went completely nude.
Unfortunately, the film failed to meet the high expectations and was met with harsh criticism. Netizens are even calling it one of the worst films in Korean history.
On portal site Naver Movie, 'Real' received 4.85 stars out of 10 from netizens.
Reviews stated, ''The person who understood this movie deserves a Nobel prize", "Seriously, the worst movie of 2017", "I can probably film a better movie with my iPhone. Real annoyed", "Why did Kim Soo Hyun film this movie... I'm starting to think his life was threatened... I'm seriously concerned", "I quit smoking 5 years ago but this movie made me start smoking again", "This is too much... This can't be a movie", "A movie that needs to pay me to watch it... Time is gold", "The biggest crap of all time."
As of June 28, 'Real' has drawn a total of 150,839 moviegoers to the box office.