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Barefoot Dream (맨발의 꿈)

맨발의 꿈 (Maen-bal-eui Ggoom)

Directed by Kim Tae-gyoon (김태균)

Screenplay by ,

Drama Sports

121min | Release date in South Korea :

"Barefoot Dream" is a co-production between South Korea and Japan
Also known as "Higanjima"
A former soccer player who left Korea after failing in business and children from East Timor who didn't even have soccer shoes win the International Youth Soccer Championship. This movie is based on the true story of Coach Kim Sin-hwan, who was East Timor's 'Hiddink.' Everyone looks forward to Director Kim Tae-gyoon ("Temptation of Wolves" and "Crossing") who is known for his sensitivity and cinematography and Park Hee-soon, a rising star.

Wonkang, a former soccer prospect whose life didnít turn out quite promising. He heads to East Timor thinking that there would be plenty of opportunities for him. One day, he sees the street kids playing ball with bare feet. Thinking he can score by selling soccer shoes, he opens a sports equipment store, but realizes none of the kids can afford those fancy shoes or jerseys. Again, despaired, he is about to close up the store. Then, he decides to teach the kids how to play ball.


Barefoot Dream | Cast

  • Park Hee-soon (박희순)
    Park Hee-soon

    Kim Won-gwang
  • Ko Chang-seok (고창석)
    Ko Chang-seok

    Park In-gi
  • Francisco Frenque Amaral Borges Martins Varela (프란시스코 프렌큐 아마랄 보르게스 마틴스 바렐라)
  • Fernando Almeida Do Carmo Bucar Pinto (페르난도 알메이다 도 카르모 핀토)
  • Filomeno Junior Da Costa (필로메노 주니어 다 코스타)
  • Marlina Simoes (마리나 시모스)

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    PREFACE "My reason for wanting to tell a story from the '80s is because I feel that the current societal climate is very similar. About 3 years ago I got a feeling that the era of my deceased father was suddenly coming back, an era in which everyone's good will is only reserved for their own survival and well being. But like my own father, I did not see these people as selfish fools, but sympathized with them. I wanted to portray these characters not as criminals who were on the wrong side of the law, but as people who tried their best to survive and thrive despite the conditions they were in. People innately follow the times they live in and those who ride it architect the next generation. The '80s in South Korea were an incredibly volatile decade in which a single person's decision could change the direction of an entire era. Following men who lived through that decade, I wanted to show that the eighties had more dramatic appeal than any other decade. I wanted to inquire whether it was the times that were changing the people, or if it was the people that were changing the times. Most of all, I hope that the audience can laugh and identify with these men who lived like kings in the face of loyalty, betrayal, and ambition".,...More
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 Produced by
 Kim Tae-gyoon (김태균)
Showbox (쇼박스)
Showbox (쇼박스)
 Kim Tae-gyoon (김태균)
 Kim Joon-seok (김준석)
 Score composer
 Sin Min-kyeong (신민경)
 Lee Jeon-ho (이전호)
 Poster designer
 Kim Joo-hwan (김주환)
 Marketing department
 Jang Hee-min (장희민)
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121 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
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Airing dates : 2010/06/24
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2010.07.25 : 338,569 admissions (total)
As of 2010.07.18 : 333,795 admissions (total)
As of 2010.07.11 : 316,479 admissions (total)
As of 2010.07.04 : 266,048 admissions (total)
As of 2010.06.27 : 132,362 admissions (total)
As of 2010.06.06 : 5,176 admissions (total)

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