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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.

Synopsis

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.[1]

Cast

  • Kang Ha Neul as Yun Dong Ju
  • Park Jung Min as Song Mong Gyu
  • Choi Hee Seo as Kumi

  • Min Jin Woong as Kang Choe Joong
  • Kim Soo Woong as Professor Semba
  • Yokouchi Hiroki as Hidaka
  • Choi Hong Il as Dong Ju's father
  • Choi Jung Heon as Mook Ik Hwan

  • Kim In Woo as a high grade detective
  • Heo Yeon Jung as Yongjeong woman #1
  • Jung Joon Won as Joseon international student #1
  • Lee Jae Hye as a nurse
  • Kim Joon Hyung as a Joseon prisoner
  • Jo Sung Woo as a classroom student
  • Takeda Hiromitsu as a chief guard

  • Soundtrack

    Main Article: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet OST

    Reception

    The film was placed on its opening weekend in South Korea, grossing US$1.14 million.

    Box Office

    The box office totaled to US$7.7 million.

    Awards and nominations

    Year Award Category Recipient Result
    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
    Best Music Mowg
    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

    Trivia

    • It is based on the real life of poet Yun Dong Ju, who lived from December 30, 1917 to February 16, 1945.[2]

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    References

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