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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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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.04.13 ~ 2012.04.15

    HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.04.13 ~ 2012.04.15) Lee Yong-joo-I's "Architecture 101" is denied its forth-straight week as the number one film in Korea, due to the Hollywood blockbuster "Battleship" hitting Korean cinemas. Peter Berg's sci-fi action flick captured 41.80% of the ticket sales and cost an estimated $200 million to produce. The 674 457 admissions it received was more than double that of "Architecture 101" or Kim Hyeong-joon-I's "The Scent", which took in 254,502 and 242,691 admissions respectfully,...More
  • Korean Box Office for the Week-end 2012.04.13 ~ 2012.04.15

    2012/04/15, Source,
    The number one movie this week is "Battleship",...More
  • CJ Entertainment America Presents "Helpless"

    2012/04/10, Source,
    Dark Horse Korean Hit at the Gate in the U.S. LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America is launching the moody Korean thriller "Helpless" on April 20, 2012 as an exclusive engagement for Los Angeles at the CGV Cinemas, with national dates expected for early May. The film was a critical darling and unexpected box office champion for two consecutive weeks when it was released in Korea earlier this year. - Russell Edwards, Variety "...The film never ceases to compel. As the layers of deceit are peeled back, Byeon seems in complete command of her material. A key demonstration of her narrative dexterity is the way she flaunts an audacious 'Chinatown'-like clue to the missing woman's whereabouts without pre-empting the climax",...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.04.06 ~ 2012.04.08

    HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.04.06 ~ 2012.04.08) The runaway success enjoyed by "The Hunger Games" back in the U.S. failed to translate into an opening weekend triumph here in Korea.  Lee Yong-joo-I's "Architecture 101" remains at the top, marking its third consecutive week as the choice film on the Korean circuit. "Architecture 101" is now well within striking distance of "Helpless" as it looks set to move up to four in the list of the highest grossing domestic hits of the year,...More
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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)
117 min 
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Airing dates : 2012/03/08
South Korean Box Office
Source : &
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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