Kingmaker (film)

Kingmaker (Korean킹메이커; RRKingmeikeo) is a 2022 South Korean political drama film, written and directed by Sung-Hyun for Seed Film and starring Sol Kyung-gu, Lee Sun-kyun and Yoo Jae-myung. It was scheduled to be theatrically released on December 29, 2021 but due to rapid increase in COVID-19 pandemic it was released on January 26, 2022 to coincide with Korean New Year holidays. The film was also officially invited in competition section at the 24th Udine Far East Film Festival held from April 22 to 30, 2022.[4]

Kingmaker
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Promotional poster
Hangul킹메이커
Revised RomanizationKingmeikeo
Directed byByun Sung-Hyun
Screenplay by
  • Byun Sung-Hyun
  • Kim Min-soo
Produced by
  • Lee Jin-hee
  • Park Jun-ho
Starring
CinematographyJo Hyung-rae
Music by
  • Kim Hong-jip
  • Lee Jin-hee
Production
company
Seed Film
Distributed byMegabox JoongAng PlusM
Release date
  • January 26, 2022 (2022-01-26)
Running time
123 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Budget₩12 billion[1]
Box officeest. US$6 million[2][3]

On box office, currently it is at 10th place among all the Korean films released in the year 2022, with gross of US$6.05 million and 761,334 admissions.[3]

PremiseEdit

The film is based on anecdotal accounts of the working relationship between Kim Dae-jung and his political strategist Uhm Chang-rok during his political career.[5] Seo Chang-dae is a political strategist who prioritizes winning above all else, while Kim Woon-beom is a politician with ambitions to become president so that he can change the country for the better.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Sol Kyung-gu was cast in the film in July 2018 as politician and Lee Sun-kyun as political strategist. Director Byun Sung-Hyun and Sol Kyung-gu are working together after 2017 crime thriller film The Merciless.[10] On March 29, 2019 on completion of cast line-up the script reading site was revealed by releasing photos.[11]

Director Byun Sung-Hyun worked with his old team for the film. Art director Han Ah-reum, Kim Hong-jip and Lee Jin-hee (music) and Lee Gil-gyu, director of Lighting have worked with him on The Merciless.[12] The film was produced with an estimated cost of ₩12 billion.[1]

Principal photography began on March 25, 2019.[13]

ReleaseEdit

The film was scheduled for release on December 29, 2021[14] but due to fresh wave of COVID-19 pandemic it has been postponed to January 2022 to coincide with Korean New Year holiday.[15] It was released on January 26, 2022.[16]

The film was officially invited in competition section of the 24th Udine Far East Film Festival held from April 22 to 30, 2022.[4]

Home mediaEdit

The film was made available for streaming on IPTV (Olleh TV, SK Btv, TV, LG U+TV), Home Choice, TVING, Naver TV, WAVVE, Google Play, KT skylife, Cinefox and KakaoPage from February 24, 2022.[17]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The film was released on 1184 screens on January 26, 2022.[18] As per Korean Film Council (Kofic) integrated computer network, the film opened at 2nd place with 58,974 admissions at the Korean box office.[19] It maintained its no 2 position at the Korean box office for consecutive 14 days after its release.[20]

As of September 10, 2022, it is at 12th place among all the Korean films released in the year 2022, with gross of US$6.00 million and 775,583 admissions.[18][3]

Critical responseEdit

Song Kyung-won of Cine21 wrote that the film differed from other political dramas and films as it focused on the relationships between the main characters rather than politics or the actual plot, given the fact that the storyline itself was a thinly-veiled reference to Kim Dae-jung's presidential election campaign. Song appreciated the direction of Byun Seong-hyeon's writing, "From the stylish scenes, sensuous shooting, and the strong chemistry between the characters, the director's talents are still alive." Concluding the review, Song observed that Seo's use of negative campaigning to help Kim win raised a fundamental question about whether the end justifies the means.[5]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2022 58th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film Kingmaker Nominated [21][22][23]
Best Director Byun Sung-Hyun Won
Best Actor Sol Kyung-gu Won
Lee Sun-kyun Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jo Woo-Jin Won
Best Screenplay Byun Sung-Hyun and Kim Min-soo Nominated
Best Cinematography Award Jo Hyung-rae Nominated
Best Technical Award (Art) Han Ah-reum Nominated
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2022 Best Director Byun Sung-Hyun Nominated [24]
Best Actor Sol Kyung-gu Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jo Woo-Jin Nominated
31st Buil Film Awards Best Director Byun Sung-Hyun Nominated [25]
Best Actor Sol Kyung-gu Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jo Woo-jin Nominated
43rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Film Kingmaker Nominated [26]
Best Director Byun Sung-hyun Nominated
Best Actor Sol Kyung-gu Nominated
Best Screenplay Byun Sung-Hyun, Kim Min-soo Nominated
Best Editing Kim Sang-beom Nominated
Best Cinematography and Lighting Jo Hyung-rae, Lee Gil-gyu Nominated
Best Art Direction Han Ah-reum Won
58th Grand Bell Awards Best Film Kingmaker Pending [27]
Best Director Byun Sung-hyun Pending
Best Actor Sol Kyung-gu Pending
Best Supporting Actor Jo Woo-Jin Pending
Best Screenplay Byun Sung-Hyun, Kim Min-soo Pending
Best Art Direction Han Ah-reum Pending
Best Lighting Lee Gil-gyu Pending
Best Costume Design Jo Hee-ran Pending

ReferencesEdit

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