Midnight Runners

Midnight Runners (Korean청년경찰; Hanja靑年警察; RRCheongnyeon gyeongchal; lit. Young Cop) is a 2017 South Korean action comedy film directed by Jason Kim (Kim Ju-hwan) and starring Park Seo-joon and Kang Ha-neul. The film was released on August 9, 2017.[3][4][5][6][7][8] An Indian remake was announced on September 13, 2020[9]

Midnight Runners
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Theatrical release poster
Revised RomanizationCheongnyeon gyeongchal
Directed byJason Kim (Kim Ju-hwan)
Screenplay byJason Kim
Produced byKim Jae-joong
StarringPark Seo-joon
Kang Ha-neul
Movie Rock
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)
Running time
109 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$7 million[1]
Box officeUS$39.7 million[2]


Ki-joon (Park Seo-joon) and Hee-yeol (Kang Ha-neul) are students at the Korean National Police University. At around midnight one night, they witness a kidnapping on their way back from the club. The local police station's missing persons department, however, is busy with the kidnapping of a son of a business mogul at the time and is unable to investigate the case. Knowing that they are in the critical hours after a kidnapping, they embark on their own amateur investigation.[10]

When Ki-joon and Hee-yeol catch up with the kidnappers, it appears that the gang is running an unfertilized egg harvesting ring and there are many more girls locked up at their hideout. Ki-joon and Hee-yeol tries to save them but are instead beaten and locked up.

After escaping their captors, they return the next day to an empty hideout and a cold trail. As they are not acting police officers, their professor tells them not to pursue the case any further. Unable to wait for the bureaucracy to resolve the case, they once again embark on their own investigation. They undergo heavy physical training and manage to track the kidnappers down, with the help of CCTV footage, to a fertility clinic. Armored up, the duo venture in to liberate the girls by themselves, this time much more prepared. They successfully take down all the kidnappers and their boss. Unable to arrest the kidnappers and rescue all the kidnapped girls themselves, they call the police in, knowing they might get expelled for their actions. However, due to some among the disciplinary committee believing that they had done the right thing morally, they are instead held back a year in their studies and sentenced to 500 hours of community service, leaving the two satisfied with the outcome.

In a mid-credit scene, the girl kidnapped at the beginning of the film visits Ki-joon and Hee-yeol as they're serving their community service and thanks them for rescuing her.



Ki-joon is a light-hearted, risk-taker who acts first and thinks later.[12]

Hee-yeol is the total opposite of Ki-joon. He is fairly nerdy and more of a thinker than a doer.[14]



Midnight Runners marks Park Seo-joon's first time playing a lead role in a film.[11]

Midnight Runners was sold to six countries at the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market. The rights to the film have been purchased by companies including Japan's The Klockworx, Taiwan's Long Shong, Hong Kong's Deltamac HK, Philippines' Viva Comm and Singapore's Purple Plan.[16]

Filming began on November 21, 2016 in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea and ended on February 23, 2017.[17][18]

Release and receptionEdit


The film was released on August 9, 2017. It was screened across South Korea in 1,058 theatres.[19] The film placed second at the box office on the opening day and earned US$1.97 million with a total of 308,303 ticket sales.

During the first five days of its release, the film attracted 1.9 million viewers[20] and earned a total of US$13.6 million.[21]

Within the first eight days after its release, the movie garnered 2.73 million admissions, earning a total of US$18.9 million, which exceeded the production budget of US$6.13 million.[22]

By August 20, less than two weeks after the movie was released, Midnight Runners had been watched by a total of 3,906,566 people.[23][24] By August 21, within 13 days after its premiere, the movie surpassed 4 million ticket sales.[25] As of August 24, the film has grossed US$30 million with a total of 4.3 million ticket sales.[26] The total number of admissions increased to 4.83 million by August 27, 19 days after the movie was released, and the film earned a gross income of US$34.04 million.[27] As of September 14, five weeks after its release, the film reached 5.61 million admissions mark with US$39 million gross, making it the 4th highest-grossing South Korean film in 2017.[28]


Midnight Runners was screened in 12 countries. After the initial release in local cinemas, the film was released in Indonesia on August 23, followed by North America on August 25, Australia on August 31 then proceeded to be screened in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Britain, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines.[29]

Official Indian remake Shakini Dhakini is being produced by Guru Films and Suresh Productions starring Regina Cassandra and Nivetha Thomas in lead roles directed by Sudheer Varma in Telugu.[30][31][32]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 26th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Park Seo-joon Nominated
37th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [33]
Top 10 Films Midnight Runners Won
54th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Park Seo-joon Won
Best New Director Jason Kim Nominated
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actor Park Seo-joon Nominated
6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popular Star Award Won [34][35]
2018 9th Korea Film Reporters Association Film Awards (KOFRA) Best New Actor Won [36]
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated [37]


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