The Coachman (film)

The Coachman (마부 - Mabu) is a 1961 South Korean film directed by Kang Dae-jin. At the 11th Berlin International Film Festival in 1961, The Coachman became the first Korean film to win a major international award.[2] It was nominated for the Golden Bear Award and won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize.[3][4]

The Coachman
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Poster to The Coachman
Revised RomanizationMabu
Directed byKang Dae-jin[1]
Produced byLee Hwa-ryong
Written byLim Hee-jae
StarringKim Seung-ho
Shin Young-kyun
CinematographyLee Mun-baek
Edited byKim Hee-su
Distributed byHwa Seong Films Co., Ltd.
Release date
  • February 15, 1961 (1961-02-15)
CountrySouth Korea


A single father living with his adult children makes a living with a horse-drawn cart. He finds companionship with his boss's maid. His eldest daughter is a deaf-mute married to an abusive man, his youngest seeks to meet a man of means and his youngest son is rebellious. His oldest son wants to help relieve the families financial problems by passing the bar exam. [5]


  1. ^ Infobox data from "A Coachman ( Mabu )(1961)". KMDb Korean Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-21. and Mabu (1961) on IMDb
  2. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "The Coachman (1961)". Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  3. ^ "Berlinale 1961: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  4. ^ "Awards for Mabu (1961)". KMDb Korean Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  5. ^ Synopsis from "A Coachman ( Mabu )(1961)". [KMDb Korean Movie Database]. Retrieved 2007-12-21. and Paquet, Darcy. "The Coachman (1961)". Retrieved 2007-12-21.