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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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    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
Source : &
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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