Living Death (film)

Living Death (Korean: 불신지옥 lit. "Distrust Hell", also known as Possessed) is a 2009 South Korean horror film written and directed by Lee Yong-ju.[2][3] The film received 248,503 admissions in South Korea.[4]

Living Death
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Theatrical poster
Revised RomanizationBulsinji-ok
Directed byLee Yong-ju
Written byLee Yong-ju
Produced byJeong Seung-hye
Lee Jeong-se
Jo Cheol-hyeon
StarringNam Sang-mi
Shim Eun-kyung
Ryu Seung-ryong
Kim Bo-yeon
CinematographyJo Sang-yoon
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Music byKim Hong-jib
Ahchim Production
Distributed byShowbox
Release date
  • August 12, 2009 (2009-08-12)
Running time
106 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$1,361,570[1]


A college student named Hee-jin (Nam Sang-mi) returns home when her 14-year-old sister So-jin (Shim Eun-kyung) goes missing. Her mother (Kim Bo-yeon), a fanatic churchgoer, resorts to prayer and refuses to work with the lazy police to find So-jin. Meanwhile, a neighbor commits suicide and leaves a will for So-jin, and Hee-jin hears rumors that her sister had been possessed. The whereabouts of So-jin become increasingly elusive and the dead neighbor begins appearing in Hee-jin's dreams.



The early working title for the film was Bi-myeong ("Scream"). It was shown during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 10th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Director Lee Yong-ju Won
46th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Kim Bo-yeon Nominated
Best Screenplay Lee Yong-ju Nominated
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards[6] Best Supporting Actress Kim Bo-yeon Nominated
Best New Director Lee Yong-ju Nominated
Best Screenplay Lee Yong-ju Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Screenplay Lee Yong-ju Nominated


  1. ^ "Distrust Hell (Bulsinjiok / Scream) (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  2. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 불신지옥 (Possessed)". Twitch Film. 2 October 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ Living Death press meeting". Hancinema. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2009: Box-Office Admission Results". Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (20 April 2010). "Tribeca Horrors 2010: Possessed (The Living Death)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (3 December 2009). "Closer to Heaven Couple Win Best Acting Nods". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2017-05-26.

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