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Juvenile Offender

Juvenile Offender (Korean범죄소년; RRBeomjoe Sonyeon; lit. "Crime Boys") is a 2012 South Korean film about a teenage criminal who reunites with his mother who gave him up at birth.[1][2]

Juvenile Offender
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Revised RomanizationBeomjoe Sonyeon
McCune–ReischauerPŏmjoe Sonyŏn
Directed byKang Yi-Kwan
Produced byHyun Byung-Chul
Written byPark Joo-Young
Kang Yi-Kwan
StarringLee Jung-Hyun
Seo Young-Joo
Music byKang Min-Guk
CinematographyByun Bong-Sun
Edited byPark Yoo-Kyung
Distributed byFinecut
Release date
  • November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22)
Running time
107 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box office₩81,988,800

It won the Special Jury Prize at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival, and Best Actor for Seo Young-Joo.[3][4][5][6] It was also awarded the Lino Brocka Grand Prize and Best Actor at the 14th Cinemanila International Film Festival[7][8][9] as well as Best Children's Feature Film at the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[10]

The film was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[11] but it was not nominated.


Jang Ji-Goo is a 16-year-old juvenile offender under probation who lives with his only known relative - his grandfather who is sick in bed all the time with severe diabetic complications. To Ji-Goo, home is only a place that stinks with sickness and school, a place to hang out. His only interest in life is his sweet new girlfriend, Kim Sae-Rom. One day, he gets caught after committing burglary with the neighborhood big boys. And without a parent to plead for him, the judge sentences Ji-Goo to the juvenile reformatory while others get lighter penalties.

Eleven months later, Ji-Goo is informed that his grandfather has died. After the funeral, his teacher tracks down Ji-Goo’s mom, who he thought was dead but in fact had run away from home after giving birth to him at age 17. Ji-Goo is simply shocked to realize that he has a mother. But after he gets discharged from the juvenile reformatory, he and his young mother try to make up for their time lost. Ji-Goo starts off living together with his mother with high expectations, but he soon realizes that his mother is much too young just like himself and he comes to understand why she had to leave him right after giving birth. But when Ji-Goo falls into a similar situation with his girlfriend, his mother who he thought would understand is appalled at the news which creates a conflict between the two.[12]


  • Lee Jung-Hyun as Hyo-Seung
  • Seo Young-Joo - Jang Ji-Goo
  • Jun Ye-Jin as Kim Sae-Rom
  • Kang Rae-Yeon as Ji-Young
  • Jung Suk-Yong as Kim Sun-Saeng
  • Choi Won-Tae as Jae-Bum
  • Kang Hyuk-Il as Ok-Hyun
  • Seo Young-Hwa as Judge
  • Jun Young-Woon as Jang Ji-Goo's grandfather
  • Kim Kyung-Ryong as Ok-Hyun's father
  • Lee Yoon-Sang as Kim Sae-Rom's father

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 25th Tokyo International Film Festival Best Actor Seo Young-joo Won
14th Cinemanila International Film Festival Won
2013 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Nominated
Best Actress Lee Jung-hyun Nominated
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Nominated
Best New Actor Seo Young-joo Nominated
22nd Buil Film Awards Nominated
Best New Director Kang Yi-kwan Nominated
7th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Children's Feature Film Juvenile Offender Won

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (30 November 2012). "Kang Yi-Kwan, director of Juvenile Offender: Social Problems Still Exist". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  2. ^ Paquet, Darcy (2 November 2012). "In Focus: Juvenile Offender". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  3. ^ "'Juvenile Offender' to Compete at Tokyo Int'l Film Festival". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  4. ^ Kim, Hyun-min (29 October 2012). "Juvenile Offender Wins 2 Awards in Tokyo". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  5. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (29 October 2012). ""Juvenile Offender" Grabs 2 Awards at Tokyo Independent Film Festival". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  6. ^ Lee, Claire (26 November 2012). "'Juvenile Offender' invited to international film fests". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  7. ^ "Cinemanila announces this year's winners". 8 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  8. ^ Cremin, Stephen (9 December 2012). "Offender pleases Cinemanila". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  9. ^ Conran, Pierce (13 December 2012). "Cinemanila Takes a Shine to Juvenile Offender". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  10. ^ "Asia Pacific Screen Awards announced in Australia". Australia Network News. 13 December 2013.
  11. ^ Frater, Patrick (1 September 2013). "Korea picks Juvenile Offender as Oscars hopeful". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  12. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Juvenile Offender". Retrieved 2012-11-18.

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