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The Scent (간기남)

간기남 (Gan-gi-nam)

Directed by Kim Hyeong-joon-I (김형준)

Screenplay by ,

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117min | Release date in South Korea :

Go to set up a decoy but come back a suspect?
Detective Kang, adultery special detective, faces the biggest risk of his life!

Adultery special detective Kang, Seon-woo (Park Hee-soon) is on suspension for adultery. A case is recieved three days before the reinstatement of Seon-woo who has a thing for adultery cases and is therefore running a detective agency as a side job. He doesn't have such a good feeling about this but he is somehow dragged into it.

The fatal scent that he can't deny somehow makes Seon-woo the likely suspect of a mysterious murder case and he struggles to free himself but he just makes things worse.

The suspect of this case is a dead man's wife, Soo-jin (Park Si-yeon). To make things worse, Seon-woo becomes the suspect while he goes to set up a decoy, will he be able to make things right again?


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  • [HanCinema's Film Talk] Is Korean Cinema Soft on Sex?

    I don't know what it was exactly about the sex scene in Kim Dae-woo's 2010 remake of the "The Servant" that captivated my interest and senses. Perhaps it was the enchanting realisation/sexual release of the film's own internal eroticisms and sexual pressures or, admittedly, the 'cinematic purity' of the act itself as expressed through both the Choon-hyang's erotised body. Indeed, Jo Yeo-jeong's physical facets, and willingness, have contributed to her popularity as an actress both in Korea and abroad. I am not, however, so brave as to say that she might have inadvertently typecasted herself as Korea's own cinematic exhibitionist, but her recent role in Kim Dae-seung's "The Concubine" seemed to play off that image as an 'erotic icon' as her sexual agency was, once again, commodified through another historical Korean drama that taunted and teases its way through the prickly plane of sexual representation. "The Concubine" did not, however, managed to encapsulate the culture depth and erotic significance of Kim Dae-woo's modernised enactment of the Korean myth of Chann-hyang. In fact, the representation of sexual acts in recent years has seemed to be unable to transgress from Korea's own modern conservatism,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Scent" of Success...

    Film: "The Scent" Director: Kim Hyeong-joon-I Stars: Park Hee-soon, Park Si-yeon, Joo Sang-wook, Kim Jeong-tae and Lee Gwang-soo Score: 5/10 Grouped with some of year's more provocative features, Kim Hyeong-joon-I's "The Scent" teases more than pleases as even an unclad Park Si-yeon failed to pull the film into the realm of decency. In this world of sex, lies, adultery and murder Kim seemingly lost the thread on what was really driving the film. While the film's 'noirish' elements put on a great showing, their effectiveness was sterilized by the haphazard inclusion of other genre motifs and distracting insertions,...More
  • Bumper Year for Adult-Oriented Korean Movies

    2012/06/21, Source,
    The Korean film industry is enjoying a boom this year with the total number of viewers until Tuesday at 41.93 million, up over 10 million from the same period last year. And Korean films attracted more moviegoers than Hollywood blockbusters and other foreign films, accounting for 53.5 percent of the total number. One reason is the popularity of films that appeal to adult audiences. Some 13 Korean films drew over 1 million moviegoers this year, and five of them were rated R,...More
  • Park Si-yeon joins "Nice Guy"

    2012/05/30, Source,
    Actress Park Si-yeon is coming back with a drama. She will be starring in the KBS 2TV drama "Nice Guy". Her agency told OSEN on the 30th, "Park Si-yeon has decided to star in "Nice Guy" after a long discussion with her agency. We haven't signed final papers but she is set to go",...More
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 Kim Hyeong-joon-I (김형준)
 Kim Sun-min (김선민)
 Sin Hyeon-jin (신현진)
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Airing dates : 2012/04/11
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2012.05.20 : 1 241 870 admissions (total)
As of 2012.05.13 : 1 234 110 admissions (total)
As of 2012.05.06 : 1 206 640 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.29 : 1 090 055 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.22 : 846 017 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.15 : 396 688 admissions (total)
As of 2012.04.08 : 8 554 admissions (total)

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