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Bandhobi (반두비)

반두비 (Ban-doo-bi)

Directed by Sin Dong-il (신동일)

Screenplay by ,


107min | Release date in South Korea :

Min-suh, a 17-year old rebellious high school Korean girl, lives in a small apartment with her mother and her mother’s penniless lover. She hates mother’s lover and doesn’t understand both of them. Karim, a 29-year old Muslim migrant worker from Bangladesh has to leave Korea in a month. Before departing, he is desperately searching for his ex-boss to get his unpaid salary. One day, as Min-suh’s summer vacation begins, he encounters Min-suh in a bus, and together they set out on an emotional journey.
Bandhobi is Bengali, meaning of ‘Friend’ in English.PRODUCTION

KOFIC Support Program
2008 KOFIC Support Support for Independent Films

International Film Festival
2009 Jeonju International Film Festival, Korean Cinema Competition


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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "Bandhobi"

    It is always a pleasure to discover barely known cinematic gems, and the fact that you never know where you will find one is what makes searching for older films so interesting. "Bandhobi", (a Bangladeshi word that means female friend) is a film that definitely deserves the search,...More

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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "Bandhobi"

    It is always a pleasure to discover barely known cinematic gems, and the fact that you never know where you will find one is what makes searching for older films so interesting. "Bandhobi", (a Bangladeshi word that means female friend) is a film that definitely deserves the search,...More
  • [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.06 - 2018.04.08

    Local horror narrowly retains pole position amid stiff competition... The low-budget horror "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" by director Jeong Beom-sik managed to hold off serious challenges from both "Ready Player One" and the recently released local comedy-drama "What a Man Wants" to retain the top stop. Jeong's surprise hit outplayed Steven Spielberg's adaption last weekend with 40% of the sales (983,018 admissions), and with the 513,673 (27%) admissions the film scored here, its total tally now stands at 2.2 million ($16.7 million),...More
  • Multiculturalism a New Theme in Korean Movies

    2012/01/13, Source
    More and more Korean movies, including "Pacemaker" by director Kim Dal-joong that opens next Thursday, are taking on the theme of multiculturalism that is changing the face of Korean society. In 2010, one out of every 10 marriages involved a foreign spouse, while the number of children from multicultural families has grown seven-fold from 25,000 in 2006 to 160,000 in 2010. And this trend is being portrayed more frequently on the silver screen. It was TV dramas that first dealt with the issue. The SBS dramas "Hanoi Bride" (2005) and "Golden Bride" (2007) featured a Korean man who married a Vietnamese woman. But the main focus of those soaps was mostly about the love between a man and a woman that transcended borders. They avoided dealing with the complex issues facing multicultural families. However, recent movies have shown more interest in depicting how families from different social and cultural backgrounds manage in Korean society,...More
  • Pop idols not enough for 'Acoustic'

    2010/10/28, Source
    A scene from "Acoustic" starring Shin Se-kyung. The omnibus film inspired by Hongdae's indie music scene also features members of pop bands CNBLUE and 2AM. /Courtesy of Kino Eye DMC By Lee Hyo-won The last thing you want in a film celebrating the indie music spirit is something that feels manufactured, and this is unfortunately what can be said of the K-pop idol-fueled omnibus collection "Acoustic",...More
  • 'He's on Duty' falters in satirizing social issues

    2010/10/14, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won

    It's about time ― foreign residents comprise an increasingly larger portion of Korea's colorful demographic, and local cinema has finally found apt inspiration in the hushed w,...
  • San Diego Fest selects 7 Korean films
    2010/10/08, Source
    A total of seven Korean features will be showcased to California audiences at the upcoming 11th San Diego Asian Film Festival, set to run Oct. 21 – 28. The fest will screen 140 films from 20 countries with a line-up of both commercial and art house favorites.

    Korean films in the program run th,...
  • Youth festival urges teens to express creativity

    2010/06/29, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won Staff reporter When Kim Jong-hyun, a 48-year-old teacher at YoungPa Girls' Middle School in Pungnam-dong, was a teenager, he used to sneak into R-rated films wearing his father's suit. He would also take part in poetry readings while dreaming of becoming a man of letters. What concerns Kim is the local education system's lack of concentration on fostering children's imagination and providing an outlet through which they can channel their interests and talent creatively,...More
  • Florence Korean Film Fest opens in Italy
    2010/03/18, Source
    The city of Florence in Italy is currently playing host to 30 Korean films. The eighth edition of the Florence Korean Film Festival takes place this year from March 12-20. The festival, supported by various local groups, KOFIC and the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, shows mostly European an,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Actress Baek Jin-hee

    2010/03/11, Source
    Interview with actress Baek Jin-hee Korean actress Baek Jin-hee [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]  My name is Baek Jin-hee. My birthday is February 8, 1990. I can finally celebrate Adults Day this year! [The third Monday of May where young people in Korea celebrate turning twenty years old.] I wanted to have a camera for my birthday, but I couldn't get one. When I was shooting the film "Eighteen and Nineteen", the guy from Hoya often took pictures of me with his camera, and they looked so much better than ones taken by a digital camera. But my mother was like, 'What are you going to do with a camera when you don't even know how to take photographs?" But I can only practice taking pictures if I have a camera,...More
  • Is Media Center Taking Conservative Tone?

    2010/02/03, Source
    Members of Mediact International Solidarity protest Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for depriving Mediact of its contract to run Media Center, a state-subsidized media,...More
  • CJ Promotes Diversity with Multicultural Fest
    2009/11/30, Source
    Running Nov. 26 through to Dec 18 under the catchphrase "Beautiful Co-existence", CJ-CGV holds the first Multicultural Film Festival, an event organized to acknowledge the more than 1 million foreigners living in Korea and to promote a better understanding of different cultures.

    Opening Thursda,...
  • KOFIC Korean Film Showcase at FILMEX
    2009/11/19, Source
    KOFIC Korean films showcase in Tokyo, will be held this year from November the 21st to the 30th as an official section of FILMEX. The annual event, designed to promote a diversity of Korean films to Japanese audiences will show everything from more commercial fare such as the current box office num,...More
  • Hindi Film Black Diversifies the Korean Box Office
    2009/09/18, Source
    Hindi Film Black has taken the number 5 spot at the Korean Box Office. The film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, not exactly commercial Bollywood fare itself with only one performed song, has managed to penetrate a market usually dominated by either Korean films or Hollywood commercial heavyweigh,...More
  • No-Frills Movies Explore Friendship and Paternal Love
    2009/07/23, Source
    Yet another trend has been identified in Korean cinema.
    It's the rise of analog films that follow in the footsteps of "Old Partner".
    Honest, everyday characters depict the drama of everyday life, moving the hearts of viewers without the,...
  • Migrant Workers Fest to Promote Multiculturalism
    2009/07/15, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    "Jjambbong" is one of the most widely consumed local dishes, but it is neither Korean nor Chinese. The seafood noodle soup literally means "mixture".

    The Migrant Worker Film Festival (MWFF) celebrates the jjambbong spirit in the cultural context. "It's about cult,...
  • [ChanMi's star news] "Bandhobi"s female star, Baek Jin-hee

    2009/07/09, Source
    Independent film, "Bandhobi" helped rise of a new star, Baek Jin-hee. She is a 18 year old high school student who shares love boldly with a 29 year old laborer from Bangladesh. It was her first film and was able to give a very natural act. This film helps think about the Korean Society through the life of a high school student pressured by her mother to go to a good college while worrying about her mother's remarriage and the life of a foreign,...More
  • Korea's Film Focuses on Migrant Issues

    2009/06/26, Source
    Despite the fact that many migrant diasporas remain largely on the fringes of Korean society, it doesn't prevent them from make their own cinematic footprints.  ",...More
  • 'Bandhobi' Interweaves Growing Pains, Cultures

    2009/06/18, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    In "Bandhobi", director Sin Dong-il translates to,...
  • CJ to Expand Art House Film Screenings
    2009/06/05, Source
    Korea's exhibition major CJ-CGV will expand the number of screens its multiplex franchise has devoted to art house and independent films from seven to ten. Under a program entitled Movie Collage, CJ-CGV's specialty films team plans to expand the base for diversity films and support the discovery of,...More
  • 10th JIFF Draws to Close
    2009/05/18, Source
    A Whole Host of Winners at JIFF 2009
    Jeonju Film Festival Closes with Great Expectations
    By Matthew Love
    Associate Editor & Writer
    Sherad Anthony Sanchez's "Imbrunal" winner of this years JIFF Woosuk Award for International Film

    The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) ended its nine day,...
  • 10th Jeonju Film Fest Wraps with Awards
    2009/05/15, Source
    The 10th anniversary edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), wrapped up May 8, with record attendance and awards for a slew of exciting new films. Ticket sales were up 5,500 from the previous year with total admissions at 70,762, averaging a 77.6% seat occupancy rate.

    This ye,...
  • Jeonju Unveils Korean Competition Films
    2009/04/09, Source
    The 10th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), one of Korea's three major cinema showcases along with PIFF and PiFan, has revealed a selection of 11 new films for its Korean Feature Competition section that will vie for the JJ Star Award for top film, a cash award of 10 million Won.


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 Produced by
 Kim Il-kwon-I (김일권)
Indiestory (인디스토리)
 Moon In-dae (문인대)
 Lee Eun-jeong-I (이은정)
 Assistant director
 Moon Choong-il-I (문충일)
 Production department
 Park Jong-chul (박종철)
 Kim Il-kwon-I (김일권)
 Executive Producer
 Kim-Jho Gwang-soo (김조광수)
 Production department
 Moon In-dae (문인대)
 Bang Soo-in (방수인)
 Directing department
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107 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
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Airing dates : 2009/06/25
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As of 2009.07.12 : 7,019 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.07.05 : 5,554 Admissions (total)
As of 2009.06.28 : 2,467 Admissions (total)

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