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Helpless (화차)

화차 (Hoa-cha)

Directed by Byeon Yeong-joo (변영주)

Screenplay by

Mystery Fear

117min | Release date in South Korea :

Previously known as "Help" (헬프, Hel-peu) and "Train"
Adapted from the novel by Miyabe Miyuki, who is known as the queen of crime fiction in Japan. A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace just before their wedding ceremony, only to discover the shocking identity of her. The novel is considered one of top 10 best mystery novels in Japan of all time and stirred up social issues upon its domestic release. While he wasn’t paying attention, it seems that everyone in the country but him has been caught up in a consumer feeding frenzy–going into heavy debt and declaring bankruptcy at a snowballing rate. The film adaptation has taken only the main storyline and theme and added Korean elements into it. This is director Byeon Yeong-joo’s 3rd feature after "Ardor" (2002) and "Flying Boys" (2004), and his first attempt at a thriller. Lee Seon-gyoon ("The Apprehenders") stars as the veterinary clinic manager who searches for his fiancee, Kim Min- hee ("Moby Dick)" plays the fiancée with suspicious history, and Jo Seong-ha ("The Yellow Sea") plays the detective cousin of Lee Seon-gyoon, who helps out with the case.


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 Produced by
 Oh Ki-min (오기민)
 Oh Ki-min (오기민)
 Production department
 Kim Hong-jib (김홍집)
 So Joon-moon (소준문)
 Making of
 Park Kok-ji (박곡지)
 Lim Seon-ae-I (임선애)
 Seong Jeong-hoon (성정훈)
 Cinematographer B team
117 min 
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Airing dates : 2012/03/08
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As of 2012.05.20 : 2 426 523 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.22 : 2 423 837 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.15 : 2 421 061 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.08 : 2 406 957 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.01 : 2 339 240 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.3.25 : 2 124 041 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.3.18 : 1 567 553 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.3.11 : 685 916 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.3.04 : 4 522 admissions (total)

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