Set Me Free (2014 film)

Set Me Free (Korean거인; RRGeoin) is a 2014 South Korean autobiographical coming-of-age film directed by Kim Tae-yong.[2][3] Choi Woo-shik won Actor of the Year at the 19th Busan International Film Festival, where the film also received the Citizen Critics' Award.[4][5] Set Me Free was released in theaters on November 13, 2014, and drew 23,979 admissions.[6][7]

Set Me Free
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Theatrical poster
Directed byKim Tae-yong
Produced byPyeon Kyung-woo
Written byKim Tae-yong
StarringChoi Woo-shik
Kim Su-hyeon
Music byKim Woo-geun
CinematographyKim Soo-min
Edited byKim Mi-young
Jo Hyo-jung
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13)
Running time
108 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$158,070[1]


Yeong-jae grew up at Isaac's Home, a group home where he was entrusted as a child by his immature and reckless father. Now a sixteen-year-old high school student, he is told that he is now too old to remain at the group home. Yeong-jae will do anything than return to his father, so to extend his stay, he lies that he wants to become a priest and enter a Catholic boarding school. In fact, Yeong-jae doesn't believe in God, having learned to rely only on himself, and even secretly steals then resells donated goods. To show his religious faith, he attends mass regularly while fawning over the facility director and curate. Beom-tae, Yeong-jae's only friend at the home, disapproves of this insincerity, but he also understands since he himself has reached the home's maximum age. Having found nowhere else to go, Yeong-jae gets so desperate to stay that in the face of the director's growing suspicion of him, Yeong-jae turns his back on Beom-tae. Then one day, his father visits the group home, this time to leave his younger brother Min-jae there, and Yeong-jae's rage and despair reaches its breaking point.


  • Choi Woo-shik as Yeong-jae
  • Kim Su-hyeon as Chang-won
  • Jang Yoo-sang as Min-jae
  • Kang Shin-chul as Director
  • Shin Jae-ha as Beom-tae
  • Park Joo-hee as Yoon-mi
  • Lee Min-ah as Chang-won's mother-in-law
  • Park Keun-rok as Curate
  • Park Myung-shin as Yoon-mi's mother
  • Kim Jae-hwa as Yeong-jae's mother
  • Seo Gil-ja as Yeong-jae's aunt
  • Yang Ik-june as Beom-tae's father
  • Yoon Seung-hoon as Homeroom teacher
  • Lee Jae-joon as Preacher

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
19th Busan International Film Festival
Citizen Critics' Award Set Me Free Won
Actor of the Year Choi Woo-shik Won
10th Max Movie Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
2nd Wildflower Film Awards[8]
20th Chunsa Film Art Awards
Best New Director Kim Tae-yong Nominated
24th Buil Film Awards
Best New Actor Choi Woo-shik Nominated
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[9]
Best New Director Kim Tae-yong Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best New Actor Choi Woo-shik Won
16th Busan Film Critics Awards
The Korea Film Actors Association Awards
Popular Actor Award Won


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  2. ^ Song, Soon-jin (17 October 2014). "SET ME FREE Director KIM Tae-yong: "Youth Films Are Fantasies to Me"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Na, Won-jung (3 November 2014). "In Focus: Set Me Free". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kim, Su-yeon (30 October 2014). "Actor CHOI Woo-sik: Dreams to Be a Real Giant in the Film World". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Conran, Pierce (13 October 2014). "END OF WINTER and 13 Share BIFF New Currents Honors". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Indie Film Draws 20,000 Viewers in 2 Weeks". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ In South Korea, an independent film that reaches 10,000 admissions is already considered a success.
  8. ^ Ma, Kevin (1 April 2015). "Girl at My Door leads Wildflower nominations". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Conran, Pierce (2 November 2015). "THE THRONE Tops Korean Association of Film Critics Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-11-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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