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Master (Korean마스터; RRMaseuteo) is a South Korean action crime film directed by Cho Ui-seok. Written jointly by Cho Ui-seok and Kim Hyun-duk, it stars Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin in the lead roles. The narrative centers around the manhunt for a conman launched by South Korea's financial crime unit after he absconds with the money and assumes a new identity, causing a cop to team up with the conman's mastermind partner in order to crack the case involving a nationwide financial fraud.

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Directed byCho Ui-seok
Screenplay byCho Ui-seok
Kim Hyun-duk
StarringLee Byung-hun
Gang Dong-won
Kim Woo-bin
Music byDalpalan
Jang Yeong-gyu
CinematographyYoo Eok
Kim Jung-woo
Edited byShin Min-kyung
Movie House
Zip Cinema
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • December 21, 2016 (2016-12-21)
Running time
143 minutes
CountrySouth Korea & Philippines
Box officeUS$50.5 million[1]

The film opened theatrically in South Korea on 21 December 2016, and received more than 7 million admissions nationwide.[2] Released on 1,501 screens, it grossed more than $48 millions at the South Korean box office.[3] The film was released in USA on 30 December 2016.[4]



An intellectual crime investigation team goes after company One Network. The company is involved in a massive fraud case.[5][6]


Main castEdit

  • Lee Byung-hun as President Jin, a con-artist of the fraud case of One Network.
  • Gang Dong-won as Kim Jae-myung, head of the Criminal Investigation team
  • Kim Woo-bin as Park Jang-goon, The mastermind and the brains of President Jin.[7]

Supporting castEdit

  • Uhm Ji-won as Shin Gemma, a lieutenant in the police investigation team
  • Oh Dal-su as Hwang Myung-joon (prosecutor)[8]
  • Jin Kyung as Kim Mi-yong, also known as Mother Kim (advertising executive)


  • Woo Do-hwan as Man with baseball cap backwards
  • Jung Won-jung as police officer
  • Yoo Yeon-soo as director Han
  • Jo Hyun-chul as Ahn Kyung-nam
  • Park Hae-soo
  • Bae Jung-nam as Criminal Investigation Team Member 2
  • Jung Soo-gyu as Criminal Investigation Team Member 3
  • Kim Jung-woo as Criminal Investigation Team Member 4
  • Heo Hyung-gyi as Criminal Investigation Team Member 5
  • Lee Soon-won
  • Joo Seok-tae as Peter Kim
  • Lee Dong-jin as male employee
  • Kim Won-sik as assistant Han

Special appearanceEdit


Filming began on 23 April 2016.[9][10] Filming took around 2 months time in the Philippines, including Binondo, Intramuros, Bulacan, and Cebu.[citation needed] The film was showcased at the American Film Market held in Santa Monica, California from November 2-9. It has been sold to 31 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and other countries.[11]

Release and box officeEdit

The VIP Premiere of Master was held on 19 December 2016 at CGV Yeongdeungpo in Seoul.[12][13]

Master was initially released in South Korea and was screened at 1,448 theatres. As per the Korea Box Office Information System (KOBIS) tallied by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on the first day of the release 393,247 viewers were attracted and took 66.3 percent of the total box office sales that day.[14][15]

According to the Korean Film Council, Master topped the box office charts and became the most watched movie during the Christmas weekend of 2016 in South Korea. It was reported an audience of about 2.2 million viewed the movie.[16] In the first five days since its opening on 21 December, the film has reached three million mark in ticket sales, earning 24.8 billion won (Approx: USD 20.5 million) in total.[17]

As of early February 2017, Master has grossed USD 49.81 million in South Korean box office and has sold 7.14 million tickets according to the Korean Film Council. Master ended up as the No. 11 bestselling film for 2016 in Korea.[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film)
Lee Byung-hun
Best New Actor (Film)
Woo Do-hwan


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  5. ^ Conran, Pierce (10 May 2016). "LEE Byung-hun Thriller MASTER Goes into Production". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  6. ^ "Star-Driven Thriller MASTER Hits US Screens on January 6". 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  7. ^ "OSEN - 이병헌·강동원·김우빈, '마스터' 출연 확정..역대급 라인업". Retrieved 2016-12-24.
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  11. ^ "Korean film 'Master' presold to 31 countries". Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  12. ^ "Star studded "Master" VIP Premiere". Drama Chronicles. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  13. ^ "MASTER HOLDS STAR-STUDDED VIP PREMIERE". Wordpress. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  14. ^ "S. Korean film 'Master' tops box office on opening day". Yonhap News Agency. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Korean film 'Master' tops box office on opening day". 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  16. ^ "'Master' dominates Christmas-weekend box office". The Korea Herald. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  17. ^ Jin, Min-Ji (27 December 2016). "Star-powered 'Master' soars, dominates box office". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  18. ^ Hicap, Jonathan (3 February 2017). "'Master' continues to rake it in". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

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