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Revivre (Korean화장; RRHwajang; lit. "Cremation" or "Make-up/Cosmetics") is a 2014 South Korean drama film directed by Im Kwon-taek and starring Ahn Sung-ki.[2][3] It premiered in the Out of Competition section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014, and was released in South Korean theaters on April 9, 2015.[4][5]

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Directed byIm Kwon-taek
Produced byShim Jae-myung
Written bySong Yoon-hee
Based onCremation
by Kim Hoon
StarringAhn Sung-ki
Kim Gyu-ri
Kim Ho-jung
Music byKim Soo-chul
CinematographyKim Hyung-koo
Edited byPark Sun-duck
Steve M. Choi
Distributed byLittle Big Pictures
Release date
  • September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) (Venice)
  • April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) (South Korea)
Running time
93 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$958,934[1]

The film is based on Kim Hoon's short story "Cremation" (also translated as "From Powder to Powder"),[6] which won the Yi Sang Literary Award in 2004.[7][8][9]



Mr. Oh is in his mid-fifties and is a successful marketing executive (sangmoo or managing director) at a major cosmetics company. He struggles to juggle corporate life and preparing for a new ad campaign, while tirelessly caring for his ailing wife, whose health has steadily and painfully deteriorated in the last four years due to brain cancer. During this difficult time, Oh also becomes aware of his growing feelings for Choo Eun-joo, the much younger, alluring new addition to his marketing team. When his wife finally succumbs to her disease, Oh becomes conflicted over his profound grief and newfound passion.


  • Ahn Sung-ki as Mr. Oh
  • Kim Gyu-ri as Choo Eun-joo
  • Kim Ho-jung as Oh's wife
  • Jeon Hye-jin as Oh Mi-young, his daughter
  • Yeon Woo-jin as Kim Min-soo, Mi-young's husband
  • Shin Young-jin as Oh's sister-in-law
  • Kim Gi-cheon as Buddhist devotee Lee
  • Kim Byeong-choon as Department head Jo
  • Kim Young-hoon as Section chief Jung
  • Kim Hyun-ah as Section chief Park
  • Park Jeong-sik as Deputy Kim
  • Seo Young-joo as So-young
  • Yoo Yeon as Marketing team secretary
  • Min Kyeong-jin as Dr. Choi, urology specialist
  • Joo Hyun as Chairman (cameo)
  • Ahn Suk-hwan as Director Ahn (cameo)
  • Ye Ji-won as Dance master (cameo)
  • Bae Han-seong as Executive director Song (cameo)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
51st Paeksang Arts Awards[10][11]
Best Film Revivre Won
Best Director Im Kwon-taek Nominated
Best Actor Ahn Sung-ki Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Ho-jung Won
10th APN[12] Awards[13][14]
Recipient Ahn Sung-ki Won
24th Buil Film Awards
Best Director Im Kwon-taek Nominated
Best Actor Ahn Sung-ki Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Ho-jung Nominated
Best Cinematography Kim Hyung-koo Nominated
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[15]
Top 10 Films of the Year Revivre Won


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  2. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (12 December 2013). "Shooting Began for IM Kwon-taek's 102nd Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ Lee, Seung-mi (24 March 2015). "Ahn Sung-ki talks death and charity". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Hwajang (Revivre) - Im Kwontaek". Venice Film Festival. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  5. ^ Conran, Pierce (25 July 2014). "New IM Kwon-taek, HONG Sangsoo Invited to Venice". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  6. ^ Montgomery, Charles (23 January 2009). "From Powder to Powder by Kim Hun". Korean Literature in Translation. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  7. ^ Young, Deborah (4 September 2014). "Revivre: Venice Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  8. ^ Weissberg, Jay (11 September 2014). "Film Review: Revivre". Variety. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  9. ^ Bechervaise, Jason (3 October 2014). "Revivre". Screen International. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  10. ^ Conran, Pierce (27 May 2015). "CHOI Min-sik and REVIVRE Triumph at 51st Paeksang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  11. ^ Lee, Hoo-nam; Kim, Hyung-eun (28 May 2015). "Baeksang honors new, veteran stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  12. ^ Asia-Pacific Producers Network
  13. ^ Won, Ho-jung (3 July 2015). "Kim Hye-soo, Ahn Sung-ki, JK Youn to receive Asia-Pacific film awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  14. ^ Ha, Sung-tae (21 July 2015). "Actor AHN Sung-Ki, Actress KIM Hye-Soo and Director JK YOUN picked up APN Prizes". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  15. ^ Conran, Pierce (2 November 2015). "THE THRONE Tops Korean Association of Film Critics Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 6 November 2015.

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