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Unbowed (부러진 화살)

부러진 화살 (Boo-leo-jin Hwa-sal)

Directed by Chung Ji-young (정지영)

Screenplay by ,


100min | Release date in South Korea :

The controversial "Unbowed" dramatizes 2007’s Crossbow Terror Incident between a college professor and a judge. Now in his late 60s, director Chung Ji-young emphasizes that he continues to adhere to his awareness of social problems as he did in his heyday of "Nambugun" and "White Badge". Chung’s style as a critical realist also remains unchanged. He uses a documentary touch to track and portray how an honest person’s conviction can be marginalized by mass logic. While the director does not lose his critical stance, he avoids agitation and sentimentality. The characters do not represent good and evil; they are not dogmatically idealized or condemned. Chung knows how to maintain dramatic tension. Ahn Seong-gi plays the professor, creating an impression stronger than expected. In many ways, his performance recalls "Silmido", and his portrayal of private tenacity is first class. The physicality of his silence telegraphs the movie’s theme. Nah Yeong-hee’s realistic performance as his wife, Park Won-sang’s as the lawyer, and Kim Ji-ho’s as a reporter also lend the film increased authenticity. (JEON Chanil)


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 Produced by
 Chung Ji-young (정지영)
 Chung Ji-young (정지영)
 Production department
 Lee Dae-il (이대일)
 Production department
 Jeong Sang-hyeop (정상협)
 Directing department
 Kang Min-hee (강민희)
 Han Hyeon-geun (한현근)
 Production department
 Kim Joon-seok (김준석)
 Music department
 Kim Sang-beom (김상범)
 Kim Jae-beom (김재범)
100 min 
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Airing dates : 2012/01/18
South Korean Box Office
Source : &
As of 2012.02.3.11 : 3 424 359 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.3.04 : 3 421 821 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.26 : 3 401 292 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.19 : 3 321 616 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.12 : 3,096,452 admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.05 : 2,642,667 admissions (total)
As of 2012.01.29 : 1,874,318 admissions (total)
As of 2012.01.22 : 477,840 admissions (total)

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