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Bestseller (베스트셀러)

베스트셀러 (Be-seu-teu-sel-leo)

Directed by Lee Jeong-ho (이정호)

Screenplay by


117min | Release date in South Korea :

Hee-soo has been a bestselling author for the past 20 years. But her reputation and fame are all butchered overnight when she is accused of plagiarizing a competition entry that she juried. She falls into despair for 2 years, but with the help of her long-time friend publisher, she dreams of a spectacular comeback. She drives to a remote pension deep in a small town with her daughter Yun-hee. At this quiet and uncanny pension, Yun-hee begins talking to an unidentified figure. Dying for a new source of inspiration, Hee-soo turns the stories that Yun-hee hears from this figure into her new book, which turns into a bestseller. But her regained fame doesn’t last long as she is again accused of plagiarizing a novel that was published 10 years ago. In order to prove her innocence, Hee-soo begins a mysterious journey to expose the truth.


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 Choi Young-hwan (최영환)
 Kim Jeong-hwan-I (김정환)
 Line producer
 Kim Jun-seong (김준성)
 Sin Min-kyeong (신민경)
 So Joon-moon (소준문)
 Making of
 Yoon Joon-hyeong (윤준형)
 Production department
 Lim Seon-ae-I (임선애)
117 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2010/04/15
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2010.06.06 : 1,094,398 admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.30 : 1,093,481 admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.23 : 1,090,452 admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.16 : 1,068,200 admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.09 : 993,479 admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.02 : 789,200 admissions (total)
As of 2010.04.25 : 560,967 admissions (total)
As of 2010.04.18 : 234,101 admissions (total)

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Who was Choi Kang Hee in this? I never spotted her in it.
2010-09-10 14:56:26
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