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My Wife Is a Gangster (조폭 마누라)

조폭 마누라

Directed by Jo Jin-kyoo (조진규)

Screenplay by ,

Action Comedy

110min | Release date in South Korea :

Eunjin who is a living legend among the gangsters dominates the male-centered underworld wielding only a pair of her trademark blades. One day, Eun-jin finds her sister from whom she was separated at an orphanage during childhood, and her sister tells Eun-jin that her last dying wish is to see that Eun-jin gets married.
One day, Eun-jin's henchmen discover Soo-il, an ordinary civil servant and Soo-il appears to be the only man naive enough to be dominated by Eun-jin, and the two are married.
After the wedding, Soo-il learns that what is waiting for him a life of constant household chores and a bride who refuses to sleep with him instead of a blissful honeymoon. Eun-jin, on the other hand, is finding the life of the leader of gang more demanding than ever before. To make matters worse, Eun-jin's sister asks Eun-jin to have a child with Soo-il for her. There is nothing Eun-jin will not do for her sister...


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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "Man on the Edge": Gangsters and Giggles, Again

    In the spotlight this week: Jo Jin-kyoo's "Man on the Edge"… Last year "Man on the Edge" cruelly missed out on a top ten finish. Almost all the horses were in, and the 3.8M admissions its scored back in January (roughly $25.6M) meant it was looking snug and settled behind "The New World" (10th with $31.4M), but in year's final hour "The Attorney" snuck in and, eventually, finished its case with $36.9M in compensation. "The Attorney" did not so much 'climb' into sixth; rather it impressively, and promptly, inserted itself among 2013's top performers. It was a dramatic departure for Jo's efforts, to be sure, and before last year's record books are taken by time (and 'fringe' favorites such as this forgotten), I was curious to experience how this gangster-shaman crossover managed to weave all its generic threads together,...More
  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "My Wife is a Gangster": Through Sickness and Health

    In the Spotlight this Week: Jo Jin-kyoo's "My Wife Is a Gangster"... Of all the genres Korea cycles through the gangster flick is arguably one of the oddest. Romantic comedies, melodramas, revenge thrillers, and disaster films I understand (at least from a socio-historical standpoint), but gangsters? There are no iconic tommy guns, dastardly drive-byes, decaying dead horses, or even much history behind its inclusion as far as I am aware. When I think of gangsters my mind manifests either impeccably dressed Italians hanging out in the back of family-owned pizzeria, or the faceless masses of a Yakuza-style entourage, their bodies riddled with tattoos and scars. Korea gangsters, however, seem to lean more towards the Japanese stereotype as swarms of suits, skin art, and blades seem to be the preferred tools of the trade. But what almost all gangster films have in common is this unwavering subscription to inter-gang authority, a strict hierarchy that holds one man above all others, a phallocentric pyramid that one has to mount in order to become more than a mere errand boy with a bad attitude. Strange then, if not surprisingly refreshing, that in "My Wife Is a Gangster" the most feared, respected, and obeyed figured is woman,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] "My Wife is a Gangster"

    A selection of shots from Jo Jin-kyoo's "My Wife Is a Gangster"... The gangster genre is a rather strange oddity in modern Korean cinema, and the results are often hit or miss as silly and serious get muddled and mangled beyond comfort. In Jo Jin-kyoo's "My Wife Is a Gangster" we are given a unique take on the typical male mobster as Eun-jin (Sin Eun-kyeong), a brutally blunt matriarch with less estrogen than a Choi Min-sik, shows us how a fatale femme runs the criminal underworld. So take a gander and if you've seen this gangster flick be sure to let us know what you think -- Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
  • [HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13

    HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13) Jo Jun-kyoo's "Man on the Edge" has entered the chart sporting tops honours with 796,000 admissions. This is Jo's sixth film since his 2001 debut "My Wife Is a Gangster", and now Jo returns to the comedy-gangster genre and has been welcomed by the Korean public and fans. This meant that last week's number one, Kim Ji-hoon's "The Tower", had to take a step back but in the process still moved passed the 4 million admissions mark. Two new Korean films also entered the top ten, as well as the fantasy epic "Cloud Atlas",...More
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 Produced by
 Kim Hyeong-joon (김형준)
 Lee Soon-yeol (이순열)
 Seo Se-won (서세원)
Korea Pictures (Korea Pictures)
International sales
CineClickAsia (CineClickAsia)
 Park Kok-ji (박곡지)
 Jeong Jae-ho (정재호)
 Production department
 Kim Jong-jin (김종진)
 Production department
 Park Jeong-hoon (박정훈)
 Assistant director
 Won Jin (원진)
 Martial arts director
110 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85) Dolby Digital
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Release date in South Korea : 2001/09/28
 Korea, South - 2001/9/28 - 5.7 million (people)

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i loved this one but i seen vol 2 before this one and sadly i loved vol 2 alot better but i did like this one alot. XD
2009-03-03 18:11:54
2007-08-10 02:08:24
The first korean Movie I ever saw and I believe one of the best :-)
2007-05-27 16:00:02
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