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The Executioner (집행자)

집행자 (Jib-haeng-ja)

Directed by Choi Jin-ho (최진호)

Screenplay by


96min | Release date in South Korea :

Premiering at the 14th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), "The Executioner" imagines what would happen if the death penalty were resumed. Unfortunately, the process involves more than just greasing up the rusty execution equipment. On the final day, executioners discover that they are not simply carrying out a routine but changing the course of life. They continue the grueling job, but something in the executioners' hearts bother them as time goes by.


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      2012/06/09, Source,
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    • Kings, Kims and chaebol

      2012/01/14, Source,
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    • Yoon Kye-sang holds birthday party fan meeting

      2010/12/23, Source,
      Korean singer and actor Yoon Kye-sang at his birthday party fan meeting on December 21. [MyNameIs Entertainment] Korean singer and actor Yoon Kye-sang celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, holding a fan meeting for the event with over 200 fans in attendance. His agency MyNameIs Entertainment announced in a press release today that Yoon met with fans from Korea and Japan for his fan meeting titled "2010 Closer to you____n" on December 19,...More
    • Two Korean film prize at Fantasia
      2010/08/06, Source,
      Korean films captured 2 prizes in the main competition section of the Fantasia International Film Festival which took place July 8 28, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. Winning the second-place Special Jury Prize was Lee Hae-joon's comedy ",...More
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      2010/07/20, Source,
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      2009/11/05, Source,
      Oh Jae-gyeong is a rookie prison officer.
      Everything here feels new to him.
      But the prisoners give Jae-gyeong an unfriendly welcome on his first day at work.
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      2009/10/22, Source,
      By Lee Hyo-won
      Staff Reporter

      There have been a good number of movies that deal with the agony of being on death row or feature capital punishment as the (un)just consequence of crime.

    • Korean Films Premiering at 14th Pusan Fest
      2009/09/18, Source,
      A number of high-profile Korean features will have their World Premiere at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) including opening film "Good Morning President" by writer-director,...More

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     Produced by
     Jo Sun-mook (조선묵)
     Kim Sun-min (김선민)
     Choi Jin-ho (최진호)
     Oh Seok-geun (오석근)
     Production department
     David Cho (조성규)
     Production department
     Jang Youn-Jung (장윤정)
     Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
     Martial arts
     Kim Min-ho (김민호)
     Martial arts team
    96 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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    Airing dates : 2009/11/05
    South Korean Box Office
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    As of 2010.01.03 : 390,888 admissions (total)
    As of 2009.11.29 : 382,000 admissions (total)
    As of 2009.11.22 : 367,993 admissions (total)
    As of 2009.11.15 : 322,909 admissions (total)
    As of 2009.11.08 : 194,077 admissions (total)

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