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Miracle in Cell No. 7 (7번방의 선물; 7番房의 膳物; 7beonbangui Seonmul; lit. A Gift from Room 7) is a 2013 South Korean film starring Ryu Seung Ryong, Kal So Won and Park Shin Hye. The film is about a mentally challenged man wrongfully imprisoned for murder, who builds friendships with the hardened criminals in his cell, who in return help him see his daughter again by smuggling her into the prison. It is based on the real-life story of a man who was tortured and pleaded guilty under duress to the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl on September 27, 1982 in Chuncheon before being finally exonerated in November 2008.

The film's early working title was December 23.

Synopsis

Lee Yong Gu is a mentally impaired father with the intellect of a six-year-old, who lives in a run-down house along with his daughter of the same age, Ye Seung. One day, he gets into a physical altercation with the police commissioner who has just purchased the last Sailor Moon backpack for his daughter, a gift Yong Gu was saving up to buy for Ye Seung. Soon after, the police commissioner's daughter dies in a freak accident while she is taking Yong Gu to another store that sells the same backpack. When he tries to resuscitate her, a woman witnesses him and mistakes him to be molesting her. Yong Gu is falsely accused of the abduction, murder, and rape of a minor. The police quickly take advantage of his disability and force him to admit to committing the crimes, while ignoring exonerating evidence. Yong Gu is imprisoned and assigned to Cell No. 7, the harshest cell in a maximum security prison.[1]

Cast

  • Ryu Seung Ryong as Lee Yong Goo
  • Kal So Won as Lee Ye Seung, Lee Yong Goo's daughter
  • Oh Dal Soo as So Yang Ho
  • Park Won Sang as Choi Choon Ho
  • Kim Jung Tae as Gang Man Bum
  • Jung Man Shik as Shin Bong Shik
  • Kim Ki Cheon as Old Man Seo

  • Park Kil Soo as Commander Choi
  • Jo Jae Yoon as Officer Kim, a prison guard
  • Jo Duk Hyun as Police Chief Ji Young Bu
  • Jung Jin Young as Warden Jang Min Hwan

  • Kim Yoon Chan as the Superintendent of Education's cameraman
  • Jung Han Bi as Ye Seung's homeroom teacher
  • Lee Yoon Hoe as a nursery school teacher
  • Jo Joo Kyung as a police officer's wife / Ji Young's mother
  • Kang Ye Seo as Ji Young
  • Kang Seung Wan as a one-eyed person
  • Lee Seung Yeon as Min Hwan's wife
  • Yeom Sang Tae as a prison governor
  • Yeo Moo Young as a Mock trial judge
  • Yoon Sun Woo as a prosecutor of moot court
  • Lee Yoon Hee as a prosecutor
  • Han Yi Jin as a prisoner
  • Kim Se Dong as a public defender
  • Jung Moon Yup as a stocking inmate
  • Jeon Heon Tae as a detective squad chief
  • Yoon Gi Chang as a man in the back row of the courtroom
  • Lee Seung Yeon as Min Hwan Cheo
  • Park Shin Ah as a woman from a couple
  • Min Jung Ki as detective #4
  • Kim Ji In as a fairy

  • Soundtrack

    Main Article: Miracle in Cell No.7 OST

    Production

    The early working title was December 23 ("12월 23일"; 12 Wol 23 Il).

    Filming began on June 20, 2012 in Daejeon, South Korea, and concluded on October 10, in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea.

    Box office

    The film took 4.6 million admissions (the equivalent of more than US$30 million) in its first two weeks due to strong word of mouth. Despite the release of The Berlin File, it drew in 15% more audience members on its third week, with seat booking at 75.8%. 32 days after its release, it became only the eighth film in Korean cinema history to break the 10 million mark in ticket sales. This was especially notable since Miracle in Cell No. 7 had no big stars, and a modest budget with a break-even point of 1.7 million admissions, making its eventual profit the highest among the films that reached 10 million.

    The film exceeded 12 million viewers 46 days after its release. On March 15, 2013, 52 days after its release, ticket sales reached 12.32 million, making it the fifth highest grossing Korean film of all time.

    Analysts say among the reasons for its success was the long lunar new year holiday and families going to see the film in groups. The film proved to be especially popular among middle-aged and elderly Koreans.

    The movie grossed US$80.3 million in total.

    Awards and nominations

    Award Category Recipient(s) Outcome
    49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film Miracle in Cell No.7 Nominated
    Best Actor Ryu Seung Ryong
    Best Supporting Actor Oh Dal Soo
    Best Supporting Actress Park Shin Hye
    Best New Actress Kal So Won
    Best Screenplay Lee Hwan Kyung, Kim Hwang Sung, Kim Young Seok
    Grand Prize for Film Ryu Seung Ryong Won
    Most Popular Actress Park Shin Hye
    7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Movie Star, Male Ryu Seung Ryong
    20's Movie Star, Female Park Shin Hye Nominated
    22nd Buil Film Awards Best New Actress Kal So Won
    50th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Ryu Seung Ryong Won
    Best Screenplay Lee Hwan Kyung
    Best Planning Lee Hwan Kyung, Kim Min Ki, Kim Min Guk
    Special Jury Prize Kal So Won
    Best Director Lee Hwan Kyung Nominated
    Best Actress Kal So Won
    Best Supporting Actress Oh Dal Su
    Best New Actress Kal So Won
    Best Cinematography Kang Seung Gi
    Best Editing Choi Jae Geun, Kim So Yeon
    Best Art Direction Lee Hoo Gyoong
    Best Lighting Kang Sung Hoon
    Best Costume Design Kim Na Yeon
    Best Music Lee Dong Jun
    34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Most Popular Film Miracle in Cell No.7 Won
    Best Actor Ryu Seung Ryong Nominated
    Best Screenplay Lee Hwan Kyung
    Best Music Lee Dong Jun
    21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize in Film Ryu Seung Ryong Won
    Top Excellence Award, Actor in Film Oh Dal Su
    2014 34th Golden Cinema Festival Best Supporting Actor Oh Dal Su
    33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Park Shin Hye

    Remakes

    The film was adapted into a Kannada movie in 2017 titled Pushpaka Vimana. Kross Pictures to produce the official Hindi remake of the movie in collaboration with Indian Film Studios and was directed by Umesh Shukla.

    It was also adapted in 2019 in Turkey as 7. Koğuştaki Mucize starring Aras Bulut İynemli in the lead role. This is an entirely dramatic interpretation and adds several story elements and characters.

    The film was also adapted in the Philippines with the same title, starring Aga Muhlach, Bela Padilla, and Xia Vigor.

    In 2020, Indonesia adapted it, too, with the same title.

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