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Parallel Life (평행이론)

평행이론 (Pyeong-haeng-i-ron)

Directed by Kwon Ho-young (권호영)

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110min | Release date in South Korea :

KIM Suk-hyun is Koreaís youngest appointed criminal court head judge, very famous for his rational rulings. It is before his court that the case of distinguished mathematics professor SOHn Ki-chulís murder of his wife is presented. While examining SOHnís file, Suk-hyun finds SOHnís life unbelievably parallels Kurt Gödelís. But KIM believes fate is what one makes of it, and just regards SOHn as a crazy old professor who killed his wife.
One day, Suk-hyun gets a strange phone call threatening the lives of his wife, yoon-kyung, and his young daughter. Before long, yoon-kyung turns up dead, and SOHn dies of starvation-just like Gödel.


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CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트)
CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트)
International sales
CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트)
 Jung Byeong-sik (정병식)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Lee Yeong-joong (이영종)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Kwon Ho-young (권호영)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Choi Jeong-yeol (최정열)
 Production department
 Oh Chang-min (오창민)
 Production department
 Paek Seung-hwan (백승환)
 Distribution department
 Kim Sun-min (김선민)
 Kim Gil-dong (김길동)
 Shin Jae-myung (신재명)
 Martial arts
 Kim Tae-hoon-II (김태훈)
 Computer graphics
 Shin Yoo-ram (신유람)
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110 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2010/02/18
South Korean Box Office
Source : &
As of 2010.03.28 : 928,074 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.21 : 926,030 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.14 : 905,911 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.07 : 828,791 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.28 : 621,336 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.21 : 296,488 Admissions (total)

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