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4th Place (4등)

4등 (4-deung)

Directed by Jeong Ji-woo (정지우)

Screenplay by ,


116min | Release date in South Korea :

Gwang-soo, a promising teenaged swimmer, skips training regularly because he is overconfident of his ability. His violent coach gives up on him and Gwang-soo quit swimming. Years later, Gwang-soo works as a swimming instructor. Elementary school boy Joonho always ranks 4th in competitions, making his mom impatient. She looks for a personal trainer and finds Gwang-soo. Gwang-soo doesn’t pay much attention to Joonho until one day he discovers his talent, similar to his own in childhood. Regretting his negligence and thinking he could have been a good athlete if someone taught him right even by beating him, he trains Joonho using violence. As Joonho’s record keeps improving, his mom pretends she does not see the bruises on the boy’s body. Director Jeong Ji-woo sharply criticizes the current trend to condone even violence due to extreme competition for entrance exams in this film, which was commissioned by National Human Rights Commission of Korea. (NAM Dong-chul)

20th Busan International Film Festival (2015)
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4th Place | Cast

  • Park Hae-joon (박해준)
    Park Hae-joon (박해준)
    Gwang-soo (광수)
  • Lee Hang-na (이항나)
    Lee Hang-na (이항나)
    Jeong-ae (정애)
  • Yoo Jae-sang (유재상)
    Yoo Jae-sang (유재상)
    Joon-ho (준호)
  • Choi Moo-sung (최무성)
    Choi Moo-sung (최무성)
    Yeong-hoon (영훈)
  • Jung Ga-ram (정가람)
    Jung Ga-ram (정가람)
    Young Gwang-soo (어린광수)
  • Yoo Jae-myung (유재명)
    Yoo Jae-myung (유재명)
    Director Park (박감독)
  • Kwak Min-suk (곽민석)
    Kwak Min-suk (곽민석)
    Director of the Korea Swimming Federation (수영연맹이사)
    Seo Hwan-hee (서환희)
    Gi-ho (기호)
  • Nam Moon-chul (남문철)
    Nam Moon-chul (남문철)
    Director (관장)
    Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁)
    5-year seniority reporter (5년차 기자)
    Choi Ji-hyeok (최지혁)
    Speedo cap (스피도캡)
  • Lee Jung-eun (이정은)
    Lee Jung-eun (이정은)
    Owner of covered wagon (포장마차주인)
  • Jung Seung-gil (정승길)
    Jung Seung-gil (정승길)
    Skipper (선장)
  • Choi Yong-hyun (최용현)
    Choi Yong-hyun (최용현)
    Chief Choi (최반장)
  • Jung Do-won (정도원)
    Jung Do-won (정도원)
    Rib (갈비)
  • Lee Joong-ok (이중옥)
    Lee Joong-ok (이중옥)
    Administrator Kim (김주사)
  • Kim Byeong-soon (김병순)
    Kim Byeong-soon (김병순)
    Sushi restaurant boss (횟집사장)
    Kim Moon-hak (김문학)
    Coach Sim (심코치)
  • Oh Dae-hwan (오대환)
    Oh Dae-hwan (오대환)
    Wrestling Coach (레슬링 코치)
  • Jung Jae-sung (정재성)
    Jung Jae-sung (정재성)
    Detective squad chief (형사 반장)
    Jeong Woo-geun (정우근)
    Detective 1 (형사1)
  • Kim Min-sik-I (김민식)
    Kim Min-sik-I (김민식)
    Detective 2 (형사2)
    Kim Jong-tae (김종태)
    Full-dress uniform constable (정복순경)
  • Kang Ae-shim (강애심)
    Kang Ae-shim (강애심)
    Harvard mom (하버드 엄마)
  • Jung Seo-in (정서인)
    Jung Seo-in (정서인)
    1st place mom (1등 엄마)
    Jang I-joo (장이주)
    2nd place mom (2등 엄마)
    Lee Sang-ok (이상옥)
    3rd place mom (3등 엄마)
  • Kim Choon-gi (김춘기)
    Kim Choon-gi (김춘기)
    Priest (목사)
  • Kwon Eun-soo (권은수)
    Kwon Eun-soo (권은수)
    Miss Kim (미스 김)
    Kim Do-yeong (김도영)
    Soup place owner (국밥집주인)
  • Lee Seung-joon-III (이승준)
    Lee Seung-joon-III (이승준)
    Swimming pool security (수영장경비원)
    Lee Ji-ho (이지호)
    English teacher (영어선생님)
    Park Yoon-jeong (박윤정)
    YouTube female teacher (유튜브 여선생)
    Go Na-yeong (고나영)
    YouTube high school girl (유튜브 여고생들)
    Kwak Ye-rim (곽예림)
    YouTube high school girl (유튜브 여고생들)
    Won Ye-in (원예인)
    YouTube high school girl (유튜브 여고생들)
  • Kwak Ja-hyeong (곽자형)
    Kwak Ja-hyeong (곽자형)
    Staff (운영진)
    Woo Sol-min (우솔민)
    Elementary school student (초등학생)
    Kim Joon-hee (김준희)
    Newspaper editor-in-chief (신문사 편집국장)
    Lee Hyeok-chan (이혁찬)
    Newspaper executive (신문사임원)
    Jo Eun-gi (조은기)
    Homeroom teacher (담임선생님)
    Park Seo-hee (박서희)
    Gwang-soo's wife (광수 아내)
    Jeong Yoo-min (정유민)
    Swimming bag elementary school student 1 (수영가방 초등학생1)
    Kim Seong-joo (김성주)
    Swimming bag elementary school student 2 (수영가방 초등학생2)
  • Yeon Ri-mok (연리목)
    Yeon Ri-mok (연리목)
    Church band piano (교회밴드 피아노)
    Lee Jeong-hoon (이정훈)
    Church band guitar (교회밴드 기타)
    Yoon Soo-yeong (윤수영)
    Church band bass guitar (교회밴드 베이스기타)
    Kim Seong-hoon (김성훈)
    Church band drum (교회밴드 드럼)
    Choi Eun-mi (최은미)
    Korean snack bar employee (분식점 종업원)
    Kwon Se-jeong (권세정)
    Korean snack bar employee (분식점 종업원)
    Kang Soo-an (강수안)
    Cafe guest (카페손님)
    Kim Woo-min (김우민)
    Cafe guest (카페손님)
    Lee Ji-soo (이지수)
    Cafe guest (카페손님)
    Jo Eun-bi (조은비)
    Cafe guest (카페손님)
  • Lee Seung-wook (이승욱)
    Lee Seung-wook (이승욱)
    Blue cap (파란색캡)
    Na Han-da-roo (나한다루)
    Asian Championships silver medal (아시아선수권 은메달)
  • Cha Bo-sung (차보성)
    Cha Bo-sung (차보성)
    Asian Championships bronze medal (아시아선수권 동메달)

4th Place | HanCinema Reviews

  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "4th Place"

    Teenage swimmer Gwang-soo (played by Jung Ga-ram) lives in a black-and-white world where talent is all that matters when it comes to getting a spot at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He is not knocked out of these illusions by any singular tragedy. Rather, people just get sick of dealing with Gwang-soo's nonsense. Flash-forward to the present day, where the adult Gwang-soo (played by Park Hae-joon) is living a pointless dead-end life. The factor which ultimately persuades Gwang-soo to take on young charge Joon-ho (played by Yoo Jae-sang) as a protégé? Metaphorical self-flaggelation,...More

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 Produced by
 Jeong Ji-woo (정지우)
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116 min 
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Airing dates : 2016/04/13
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2016.07.17 : 37 876  admissions (total)
As of 2016.06.05 : 37 035 admissions (total)
As of 2016.05.29 : 36 537 admissions (total)
As of 2016.05.22 : 35 181  admissions (total)
As of 2016.05.15 : 34 112 admissions (total)
As of 2016.05.08 : 32 504 admissions (total)
As of 2016.05.01 : 29 646  admissions (total)
As of 2016.04.24 : 25 903 admissions (total)
As of 2016.04.17 : 16 778 admissions (total)
As of 2016.04.10 : 2 370  admissions (total)
As of 2016.04.03 : 693 admissions (total)

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