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Clash of the Families (위험한 상견례)

위험한 상견례 (Wi-heom-han Sang-gyeon-rye)

Directed by Kim Jin-yeong (김진영)

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118min | Release date in South Korea :

Also known as "Meet the In-Laws" and previously known as "Dangerous Meeting"
The classic “Romeo and Juliet” story is transplanted to Korea in a tale the exploits the deep-seated regionalism between Honam and Yeongnam.

When cartoonist Hyun-joon (Song Sae-byeok) falls in love with Da-hong (Lee Si-yeong), one of his fans, it sets up the archetypal battle between their two families, who are from rival regions. Hyun-joon comes from the politically liberal Honam region (North and South Jeolla) while Da-hong comes from the conservative Yeongnam region (North and South Gyeongsang). When the two declare their intention to marry, they are confronted with a seemingly endless number of barriers that threaten their happiness.

The Yeongnam-Honam regional divide dates back to the 60s when most governmental development projects were concentrated in Seoul and the Yeongnam area, excluding Honam and sparking the rivalry between the two regions.

To win the approval of Da-hong’s parents, Hyun-joon pretends he is from Yeongnam. His attempts to change his dialect and conceal his identity provide moments of comic relief in an otherwise heavy drama.

The film’s stars are actors to watch. Song gained popularity for his recent starring role in “The Servant” last year. Lee is known for her prowess on screen, in 2009’s “Boys Over Flowers,” and in the ring, winning the women’s amateur boxing championship last month.


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 Produced by
 Lee Seo-yeol (이서열)
 Sin Han-sol (신한솔)
 Original idea
 Lee Hae-kyeong (이해경)
 Production department
 Oh Joon-seong (오준성)
 Moon In-dae (문인대)
 Lim Seon-ae-I (임선애)
 So Joon-moon (소준문)
 Making of
 Seo Dong-gab (서동갑)
 Dialect coach
 Park Sang-woon (박상운)
118 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2011/03/31
South Korean Box Office
Source : &
As of 2011.06.12 : 2,590,481 admissions (total)
As of 2011.06.05 : 2,584,712 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.29 : 2,576,056 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.22 : 2,563,791 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.15 : 2,544,509 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.08 : 2,479,913 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.01 : 2,372,643 admissions (total)
As of 2011.04.24 : 2,140,168 admissions (total)
As of 2011.04.17 : 1,830,585 admissions (total)
As of 2011.04.10 : 1,375,750 admissions (total)
As of 2011.04.03 : 687,103 admissions (total)
As of 2011.03.27 : 111,994 admissions (total)
As of 2011.03.20 : 6,333 admissions (total)

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