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Poongsan (풍산개)

풍산개 (Poong-san-gae)

Directed by Juhn Jai-hong (전재홍)

Screenplay by


121min | Release date in South Korea :

Previously known as "Phungsan Dog"
Part love story, part postwar tragedy, with a dose of comedy thrown in, the low-budget film “Poongsan” depicts the sad reality of the division between the two Koreas.
Poongsan (Yoon Kye-sang) has the unenviable - and death-defying - job of delivering messages across the North and South Korean border to separated families.
When South Korean government agents ask him to smuggle in In-oak (Kim Kyu-ree), the lover of a high-ranking North Korean defector, into the South, the damsel and rescuer fall in love instead.
Written and co-produced by Kim Ki-duk, who just won the Prize Un Certain Regard for “Arirang - Movie” at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, and directed by his protege Jeon Jae-hong, “Poongsan” came to life on just one-tenth of the average budget for Korean films.
Poongsan, whose real name is never revealed, is a mysterious man who delivers whatever brings him money by going back and forth between Pyongyang and Seoul. One day, the delivery man is ordered to bring In-oak. She joins the deliveryman on the life threatening journey.
In the middle of this trip, In-oak and the man start to fall in love, but their romance is put in jeopardy by the obstacles they encounter.
Poongsan, a young man with the eyes of an innocent child, crosses over North and South Korea to deliver the pain and longings of separated families. Even though this can cause him get shot, he takes the risk without any fear.
One day, by a secret request by South Korean government agents he sneaks into North to bring over In-oak, the lover of a high-ranking North Korean defector. On their way to South Korea, they fall for each other while experiencing life-and-death situations together several times. However upon their arrival, they’re welcomed by agents who capture and torture Poongsan while In-oak gets disappointed with her old lover who has changed so much over the past years…


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  • Idol singer snapped up by Kim Ki-duk

    2012/11/05, Source,
    Lee Joon from MBLAQ is rumored to star in a movie to be produced by famed director Kim Ki-duk. According to OhMyNews on Friday, Lee will take the lead in "Actor is an Actor", a film about a superstar who hits rock bottom. Although Lee's agency said it's not official, internet media are saying that Lee is a sure bet,...More
  • 'Spy', 'Covertness' offer different takes on espionage

    2012/09/20, Source,
    "Spy" centers on down-to-earth protagonist Kim, who is more concerned with surging food and housing prices than operations, while "In Berlin" features cold-minded professional secret agents. Provided by CJ E&M and Lotte Entertainment Spy movies hold special appeal for Koreans, who still regularly hear news reports about secret agents from North Korea. More than 60 years after the peninsula was divided, however, some Korean espionage films are no longer featuring conventional spy heroes with suave personas. Rather, there are characters like the North Korean agent in "Spy" who is more concerned with soaring food and housing prices than his next secret mission. Director Woo Min-ho had an epiphany when the cost of skyrocketing rent hit him hard after he finished his debut feature, "Man of Vendetta"(2010),...More
  • "One Table" Yoon Kye-sang makes 12 different dishes

    2012/09/06, Source,
    Yoon Kye-sang hopes to make dishes like moms without recipes. Yoon Kye-sang had a meeting with the media for the upcoming Olive Channel TV program "One Table" on the 31st and expressed his thought about food. Kwon Se-in, his best friend and co-STAR also attended the event,...More
  • Kim Joo-hyeok and Kim Gyoo-ri-I are in a relationship

    2012/09/03, Source,
    Feelings for each other during the drama...3 months into relationship Possibility of marriage because of age Another star couple has been made. Kim Joo-hyeok (39) and Kim Gyoo-ri-I (33) developed into a relationship thanks to the MBC weekend drama "God of War". In the drama Kim Gyoo-ri-I has a crush on Kim Joo-hyeok but in real life they have become lovers. There is a high chance they will get married as they are both serious and of age,...More
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 Produced by
 Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)
Kim Ki-duk Film (김기덕필름)
 Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)
 Production department
121 min HD 16/9
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Airing dates : 2011/06/23
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2011.07.24 : 710,489 admissions (total)
As of 2011.07.17 : 697,686 admissions (total)
As of 2011.07.10 : 636,268 admissions (total)
As of 2011.07.03 : 486,969 admissions (total)
As of 2011.06.26 : 4,830,731 admissions (total)

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