Cart (Korean카트; RRKateu) is a 2014 South Korean film directed by Boo Ji-young[3][4][5] about employees of a retail supermarket who band together when the contract workers are laid off, it is both an ensemble drama and a social critique.[6][7]

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Directed byBoo Ji-young
Written byKim Kyung-chan
Produced byJamie Shim[1]
StarringYum Jung-ah
Moon Jung-hee
CinematographyKim Woo-hyung
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed byLittle Big Pictures
Release dates
  • September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07) (TIFF)
  • November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13) (South Korea)
Running time
110 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$5.2 million[2]

It made its world premiere in the City to City: Seoul sidebar of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[8][9][10][11] Cart will also screen at the 19th Busan International Film Festival and the 34th Hawaii International Film Festival.[12]


Sun-hee, a veteran cashier and mother of two, works at a large retail supermarket alongside Hye-mi, a single mother. Both are friendly with Soon-rye, a cleaning lady nearing retirement age, and all of them are temporary workers. Sun-hee is a model employee who works diligently in the belief that once she gets promoted as a regular worker, she'll be able to provide more for her children. However, their corporate employer abruptly notifies them that all the temporary workers will be laid off. Faced with these wrongful dismissals, Sun-hee, Hye-mi, Soon-rye, and fellow female employees such as naive ajumma Ok-soon and twenty-something Mi-jin, resolve to go on strike. They stage a series of increasingly impassioned protests against the company's exploitative practices, which gains more strength when junior manager Dong-joon, the only male representative of the store's labor union, joins in. The shy and passive Sun-hee, who finds herself thrust to the demonstrations' front lines, discovers within herself untapped resources of determination and resilience, which has an unexpected effect on her relationship with her estranged high school-age son, Tae-young. But as the women realize the power they can wield by taking a mutual stand, the company plays the workers against each other and Hye-mi, the leader of the strike, caves to the company's pressure and gives up.



The film is largely inspired by a 2007 incident in which Homever, a supermarket chain owned by E-Land Group, dismissed temporary workers, mostly women, and replaced them with outsourced employees to bypass a new law requiring that employees be given regular-worker status after a certain period. Dismissed employees and labor unions went on strike in front of the supermarket for 512 days until the matter was settled, with some employees reinstated.[15][16][17][18] Director Boo Ji-young also studied the plight of irregular cleaning staff at major universities in Korea, including Hongik and Yonsei.[4][19][20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 15th Women in Film Korea Awards Woman of the Year in Film Yum Jung-ah Won
2015 10th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Do Kyung-soo Nominated
20th Chunsa Film Art Awards[21] Best Actress Yum Jung-ah Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Nominated
9th Asian Film Awards[22] Best Newcomer Do Kyung-soo Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards[23][24] Best Actress Yum Jung-ah Won
Best Supporting Actress Moon Jung-hee Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Won
24th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Yum Jung-ah Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Moon Jung-hee Won
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Nominated
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[25] Top 10 Films of the Year Cart Won
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Do Kyung-soo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Young-ae Nominated
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Moon Jung-hee Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Nominated


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  18. ^ "Lessons Learned From a 434-Day Strike". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  19. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (30 October 2014). "Films based on true story continue to become dominating". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
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  22. ^ Yoon, Ina (4 March 2015). "Korean Films and Artists Nominated for the Asian Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
  23. ^ Lee, Hoo-nam; Kim, Hyung-eun (28 May 2015). "Baeksang honors new, veteran stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  24. ^ Conran, Pierce (27 May 2015). "CHOI Min-sik and REVIVRE Triumph at 51st Paeksang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  25. ^ Conran, Pierce (2 November 2015). "THE THRONE Tops Korean Association of Film Critics Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-11-06.

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