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The Show Must Go on (우아한 세계)

우아한 세계 (Woo-a-han Se-gye)

Directed by Han Jae-rim (한재림)

Screenplay by ,

Action Drama Film noir

112min | Release date in South Korea :


In-gu (Song Kang-ho) is a kingpin in a dark world. However, he’s the sweetest husband and dad, full of love for his family. His only goal in life is to build a picturesque house out in the country and live a gracious life with his family. But, there’s a problem. His daughter, going through puberty, is embarrassed about her dad’s job and stays away from him. And his wife nags him constantly to get a stable job. Nonetheless, he tries even harder to keep his syndicate together, thinking that the only way to be a good dad is to work hard and bring home the bacon. However, in reality, family matters get in the way of his business. To make things worse, he faces a power struggle against an ambitious underling.


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 Pyo Sang-woo (표상우)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Seo ji-oh (서지오)
 Martial arts
 Lee Jeon-ho (이전호)
 Poster designer
 Kim Sun-min (김선민)
 Kwak Jin-seok (곽진석)
 Martial arts team
 Kwon Kwi-deok (권귀덕)
 Car stunts
 Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
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 Choi Jeong-yeol (최정열)
 Directing department
 Park Sang-hyeon-I (박상현)
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Release date in South Korea : 2007/04/05
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As of 2007.05.06 : 961,330 admissions (total)
As of 2007.04.29 : 938,241 admissions (total)
As of 2007.04.22 : 876,970 admissions (total)
As of 2007.04.15 : 729,070 admissions (total)
As of 2007.04.08 : 415,178 admissions (total)

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I really liked this movie. And the ending was good as it was realistic and not the ordinary happy ending.
2009-09-15 04:14:59
2007-10-04 11:31:05
i luv the ending scene.....soo touchy..
Got really disappointed by this movie, I was expecting much by Song Kang-ho starring but his actor skills weren't enough...
2007-09-14 14:30:24
2007-04-04 07:27:19
Can't wait to see this!
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