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Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (동주) is a 2016 South Korean black-and-white biographical period drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik about Yun Dong-ju. It was released in South Korea on February 17, 2016.
A great Korean talent is curtailed at the prime of his life during the Japanese colonial rule. Yun Dong Ju (Kang Ha Neul) is a Korean poet who is studying literature in Japan in the early 20th century. But his life’s work is sidetracked when he and his cousin Song Mong Gyu (Park Jung Min) are detained by the Japanese government for participating in the Korean independence movement during World War II. Dong Ju is imprisoned, and there, he writes many patriotic poems about Korea during the last two years of his life.
- Kang Ha Neul as Yun Dong Ju
- Park Jung Min as Song Mong Gyu
- Choi Hee Seo as Kumi
The film was placed on its opening weekend in South Korea, grossing US$1.14 million.
The box office totaled to US$7.7 million.
Awards and nominations
|2016||52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Grand Prize (Film)||Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet||Won|
|Best Film||Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet||Nominated|
|Best Director (Film)||Lee Joon-ik|
|Best New Actor (Film)||Park Jung Min||Won|
|Best Screenplay (Film)||Shin Yeon Shick||Nominated|
|16th Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actor||Park Jung Min||Won|
|Best Production of the Year||Shin Yeon Shick|
|25th Buil Film Awards||Best Director||Lee Joon-ik|
|Best Actor||Kang Ha Neul||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Park Jung Min|
|Best New Actor||Park Jung Min|
|Best Screenplay||Shin Yeon Shick||Won|
|36th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Screenplay||Shin Yeon Shick|
|17th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Screenplay|
|37th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Film||Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet||Nominated|
|Best Director||Lee Joon-ik|
|Best New Actor||Park Jung Min||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Shin Yeon Shick|
|2017||22nd Chunsa Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Park Jung Min|
- It is based on the real life of poet Yun Dong Ju, who lived from December 30, 1917 to February 16, 1945.