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The Ugly Duckling (미운 오리 새끼)

미운 오리 새끼 (Mi-woon O-ri Sae-ggi)

Directed by Kwak Gyeong-taek (곽경택)

Screenplay by


95min | Release date in South Korea :

A military story even soldiers don't know about?
The growth story of clumsy Yook-bang in the year 1987!
With a father who lost his mind from torture and a mother who left for America...
23-year-old Nak-man joins the military as security who is allowed to leave at 6PM sharp, or also known as son of God, Yook-bang.
He joins the military as a hairdresser but what he really does is take pictures, play chess, clean the toilets, stand guard in guardhouses for military police and other chores.
Nak-man wants to finish up this tiring life of being ignored all the time and follow his mother to the States...
He then meets a bunch of weird prisoners.
With a squad leader who thinks of him as a nuisance...
Senior soldiers who order him around to do anything...
All these threaten Nak-man's military life.
Will the 'ugly duckling' Nak-man be able to finish his military service?
"Time go, wind blow, world, wait for me!"


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    Vice Chairman Lee Hyung-keun says Kia Motors has come a long way since its days as The Ugly Duckling of Hyundai Motor Group. The stylish K-Series has helped Korea's second-largest automaker sell more than a million vehicles since 2009, but the 61-year-old Lee emphasizes that his biggest concern is to sustain growth for the future and enhance the brand image of Kia. And the K9 flagship stands as a symbol of the challenges facing the brand. The sedan, which was released last May, has sold only about 7,600 units so far, roughly half its original goal, shadowed by Hyundai Motor's established Equus and imports,...More
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Airing dates : 2012/08/30
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2012.09.17 : 45 456  admissions (total)
As of 2012.09.09 : 44 538  admissions (total)
As of 2012.09.02 : 32 507 admissions (total)
As of 2012.08.19 : 2 008  admissions (total)

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