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Inside Men (Korean내부자들; Hanja内部者들; RRNaebujadeul) is a 2015 South Korean political crime-action film written and directed by Woo Min-ho based on Yoon Tae-ho's webtoon The Insiders that dissects the corruption within Korean society.[2] Starring Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik, it began filming in July 2014 and was released in theaters on November 19, 2015.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] Inside Men and the director's cut Inside Men: The Original have sold a total of 9.1 million admissions at the box office, thus becoming the top grossing R-rated movie of all-time at the Korean Box office.[14][15][16][17][18]

Inside Men
Inside Men (film) poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Hangul내부
Hanja内部
Directed byWoo Min-ho
Produced byLee Min-su
Written byWoo Min-ho
Based onThe Insiders
by Yoon Tae-ho
StarringLee Byung-hun
Cho Seung-woo
Baek Yoon-sik
CinematographyGo Nak-seon
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed byShowbox
Release date
  • November 19, 2015 (2015-11-19)
Running time
130 minutes
180 minutes (director's cut)
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Box officeUS$63 million[1]

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PlotEdit

Lee Kang-hee, an editor at an influential conservative newspaper, raises congressman Jang Pil-woo to the position of leading Presidential candidate using the power of the press; behind this is his secret deal with the paper's biggest sponsor.

Ahn Sang-goo, a political henchman who supported Lee and Jang, gets caught pocketing the record of the sponsor's slush fund, resulting in a dismembered hand. Woo Jang-hoon, an ambitious prosecutor, starts to investigate the relationship between Jang and the sponsor, believing that it's his only chance to make it to the top. While getting down to the brass tacks of the case, Woo meets Ahn, who has been methodically planning his revenge. Now the war between the one blinded with power, the one hell-bent on vengeance, and the one eager for success begins.[19]

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

On its first four days at the South Korean box office, the film grossed ₩13.2 billion.[20] Inside Men drew more than 2 million viewers in just six days, a record for an R-rated film; it has also set the record for the most-viewed R-rated movie in a single day—489,503 viewers.[21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film Inside Men Nominated
Best Director Woo Min-ho Nominated
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
Baek Yoon-sik Nominated
Best Screenplay Woo Min-ho Nominated
25th Buil Film Awards Best Film Inside Men Nominated
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
Best Screenplay Woo Min-ho Nominated
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Film Inside Men Won
Best Director Woo Min-ho Nominated
Best Screenplay Woo Min-ho Nominated
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
Best New Actor Joo Woo-jin Nominated
Best Editing Kim Sang-bum, Kim Jae-bum Nominated
53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Film Inside Men Won
Best Director Woo Min-ho Won
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
Best Supporting Actor Lee Geung-young Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lee El Nominated
Best Screenplay Woo Min-ho Won
Best Planning Kim Won-kook Won
11th Max Movie Awards Best Film Inside Men Nominated
Best Director Woo Min-ho Nominated
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Baek Yoon-sik Nominated
Best Trailer Inside Men Nominated
10th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
Best Production Designer Cho Hwa-sung Nominated
21st Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Director Woo Min-ho Nominated
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Nominated
Best Screenplay Woo Min-ho Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Baek Yoon-sik Nominated
16th Director's Cut Awards Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
36th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won
Ten Best Films of the Year Inside Men Won
3rd Korean Film Producers Association Awards Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
5th Marie Claire Film Festival Pioneer Award Won
15th New York Asian Film Festival Star Asia Award Won
4th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards Actor of the Year Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/news/news.jsp?pageIndex=1&blbdComCd=601006&seq=3821&mode=VIEW&returnUrl=&searchKeyword=
  2. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (14 October 2015). "Film completes cartoon Inside Men". The Korea Times. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  3. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (9 April 2014). "Lee Byung-hun has big plans". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  4. ^ Conran, Pierce (10 April 2014). "INSIDERS Adds LEE Byung-hun". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  5. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (5 June 2014). "Jo says yes to The Insiders". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  6. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (11 June 2014). "THE INSIDERS Confirm LEE Byung-hun and CHO Seung-woo". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  7. ^ Conran, Pierce (22 July 2014). "INSIDERS with LEE Byung-hun Begins Shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  8. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (4 November 2015). "Inside Men depicts world controlled by corrupt power elite". The Korea Times. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Inside Men demand prompts early release". The Korea Times. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  10. ^ Won, Ho-jung (19 November 2015). "Herald Review: Inside Men sees darkness everywhere". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  11. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (20 November 2015). "Cho steps up in Inside Men". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  12. ^ Na, Won-jeong (24 November 2015). "Lee Byung-hun contemplates betrayal, revenge". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  13. ^ http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/actor-lee-byung-hun-takes-corruption-inside-men-n605886
  14. ^ http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/news/features.jsp?pageIndex=1&blbdComCd=601013&seq=293&mode=FEATURES_VIEW&returnUrl=&searchKeyword=
  15. ^ http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20149314
  16. ^ http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20150025
  17. ^ http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?art_id=3986352
  18. ^ http://sbsfune.sbs.co.kr/news/news_content.jsp?article_id=E10007410043
  19. ^ Kim, Hyun-jung (23 November 2015). "Inside Men". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  20. ^ Ma, Kevin (23 November 2015). "Inside Men wins South Korea box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Inside Men draws record 2 million in 6 days". The Korea Times. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.

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