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The President's Barber (효자동 이발사)

효자동 이발사 (Hyo-ja-dong I-bal-sa)

Directed by Lim Chan-sang (임찬상)

Screenplay by


116min | Release date in South Korea :

SUNG Hanmo. He is a sole barber in Hyoja-dong, where the President lives. A rigged election by rounding off brings him a son (He gets married to Kyung-ja by forcing her that she has to give a birth to a baby over 5 months like rounding off.) 4.19 revolution restores his belief that a barber was originally the same with a doctor in the ancient time. After a military government is founded by 5.16 coup d'etat, the decree of hair cutting is announced and Hanmo's barber shop is packed with customers.

One day, an unidentified person appears at the shop and Hanmo happens to catch a spy from North Korea. This happening makes him appointed as the President's barber. Hanmo finally makes his way in life as the 'First' barber in Korea.

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     Produced by
     Choi Yong-bae (최용배)
     Jang Min-seok (장민석)
     Han Seung-rim (한승림)
     Assistant director
    116 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
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    Release date in South Korea : 2004/05/05
     Korea, South - 2004/5/5

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