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친구 (Chin-goo)

Directed by Kwak Gyeong-taek (곽경택)

Screenplay by

Chronicle Drama

116min | Release date in South Korea :

At a time when students had to fasten their collars and crease their slacks till they're razor sharp, these four friends strutted around in their own custom-fashioned uniforms. They walked the streets with their heads held high, shoulders straight, and chests out, fearing nothing when they were together. Joon-suk, a son of a vigilant gang boss; Dong-su, the only son of an undertaker; Sang-taek, a diligent student; Joong-ho, who never keeps his mouth shut. Those are the gang of friends who share their fantasies about naked woman on the porn magazine and their awe at Bruce Lee's Kungfu.
Each of their lives takes different turns as they grow up and their paths cross in conflict with each other's. Joon-suk becomes the leading henchman of his father's crime ring and Dong-su is serving for Joon-suk's rival gangs. Sang-taek and Joong-ho find themselves helplessly watching their two best friends wield knives at each other...


  • Yoo Oh-sung (유오성)
    Yoo Oh-sung (유오성)
    Joon-seok (준석)
  • Jang Dong-gun (장동건)
    Jang Dong-gun (장동건)
    Dong-soo (동수)
  • Seo Tae-hwa (서태화)
    Seo Tae-hwa (서태화)
    Sang-taek (상택)
  • Jung Woon-taek (정운택)
    Jung Woon-taek (정운택)
    Joong-ho (중호)
  • Kim Bo-kyung (김보경)
    Kim Bo-kyung (김보경)
    Jin-sook (진숙)
  • Ki Joo-bong (기주봉)
    Ki Joo-bong (기주봉)
    Mustache (콧수염)
  • Chun Young-woon (전영운)
    Chun Young-woon (전영운)
    Dong-soo's father (동수 부)
  • Lee Jae-yong-I (이재용)
    Lee Jae-yong-I (이재용)
    Scar-eye (눈칼자욱)
    Kim Hyeon-ji (김현지)
    Tall woman (키 큰 여자)
    Yoo Seong-il (유성일)
    Child Joon-seok (아역 준석)
    Jeong Hee-ryong (정희룡)
    Child Dong-soo (아역 동수)
  • Kim Joon-bum (김준범)
    Kim Joon-bum (김준범)
    Kim Joon-beom (김준범)
    Child Sang-taek (아역 상택)
    Kim Joon-beom (김준범)
    Child Sang-taek (아역 상택)
    Kim Seong-bok (김성복)
    Child Joong-ho (아역 중호)
  • Kang Shin-il (강신일)
    Kang Shin-il (강신일)
    Sang-taek's father (상택 부)
  • Kwon Nam-hee (권남희)
    Kwon Nam-hee (권남희)
    Sang-taek's mother (상택 모)
    Park Nam-hee-I (박남희)
    Park Nam-hee (박남희)
    Joon-seok's mother (준석 모)
    Lee Eun-joo (이은주)
    Sin-ae (신애)
  • Kim Jung-tae (김정태)
    Kim Jung-tae (김정태)
    Doruko (도루코)
    Yoo Byeong-seok (유병석)
    Small Guy (작은 녀석)
    Kim Gi-yong (김기용)
    Jjang-ga (짱가)
  • Jung Ho-bin (정호빈)
    Jung Ho-bin (정호빈)
    Eun-gi (은기)
  • Yang Joong-kyeong (양중경)
    Yang Joong-kyeong (양중경)
    English teacher (영어 선생)
  • Kim Kwang-kyu (김광규)
    Kim Kwang-kyu (김광규)
    Mean teacher (야비한 선생)
    Kim Gi-ho (김기호)
    Cowardly gangster (비겁한 건달)
  • Hong Suk-yun (홍석연)
    Hong Suk-yun (홍석연)
    Old security guard (경비 영감)
    Ahn Chang-gook (안창국)
    Guy with gold-framed glasses (금테 안경)
    Jo Yong-won (조용원)
    Beauty (미녀)
    Kim-hoon (김훈)
    Doruko's henchmen (도루코 행동대)
    Jo Soo-jin (조수진)
    Group Rainbow (그룹 레인보우)
  • Lee Joo-young-IV (이주영)
    Lee Joo-young-IV (이주영)
    Nam Ji-yeon (남지연)
    7 Princesses (칠공주)
  • Kim Hyun-seok (김현석)
    Kim Hyun-seok (김현석)
  • Kim Hyun-sook (김현숙)
    Kim Hyun-sook (김현숙)
    Jang Gi-hoon (장기훈)
    Small Guy's mob (작은 녀석 패거리)
    Kim Yeong-heon (김영헌)
    Joon-seok's driver (준석 기사)
    Seo Byeong-do (서병도)
    Vice president (교감 선생님)
    Kim Joon-hee (김준희)
    Trans (트랜즈)
    Park Hyo-jin (박효진)
    Theater advertisement (극장 광고)
    Park Yong-chan (박용찬)
    Buckle student (바클 학생)
    Park Yong-chan (박용찬)
    Buckle student (바클 학생)
    Im Ji-moon (임지문)
    Triangle student (삼각자 학생)
    Kim Tae-won (김태원)
    Gangster from the trunk (트렁크 건달)
    Kim Seong-hwa (김성화)
    Arresting policeman (검거 경관)
    Bae Won-yeong (배원영)
    MC student (사회자 여학생)
    Lee Dong-wook (이동욱)
    Student from the Shaolin Temple (소림사 학생)
    Kim-po (김포)
    Mustache's henchman (콧수염 부하)
  • Ji Dae-han (지대한)
    Ji Dae-han (지대한)
    Scar-Eye's shadow (눈칼자욱 그림자)
    Cha Jin-ho (차진호)
    Bunting student (촉새 학생)
  • Kim Ji-hoon-V (김지훈)
    Kim Ji-hoon-V (김지훈)
    Weekly duty student (주번 학생)
    Kim Moon-bin (김문빈)
    Student (학생)
  • Kim Jung-woon (김정운)
    Kim Jung-woon (김정운)
    Doruko's sister (도루코 동생)
    Moon Woon-bong (문운봉)
    Dong-soo's henchmen (동수 행동대)
  • Kim Yoon-tae (김윤태)
    Kim Yoon-tae (김윤태)
  • Son Byung-hee (손병희)
    Son Byung-hee (손병희)
  • Yoon Chan (윤찬)
    Yoon Chan (윤찬)
  • Yang Ji-woong (양지웅)
    Yang Ji-woong (양지웅)
    Waiter (웨이터)
    Lee Kyeong-ha (이경하)
    Girl from bar (술집 아가씨)
    Hwang Joo-hyeon (황주현)
    Customer from bar (술집 손님)
    Choi So-i (최소이)
    Female employee (인터메조 여직원)
    Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
    Jaws (턱주가리)
  • Lee Ji-yeon (이지연)
    Lee Ji-yeon (이지연)
    Female employee at wedding hall (예식장 여직원)
  • Sun Ho-jin (선호진)
    Sun Ho-jin (선호진)
    Young man with umbrella (우산 청년)
    Kim Jae-hyeon (김재현)
    Gang of high school boys (남고생 무리)
    Oh Seung-chan (오승찬)
    Court Prosecutor (법정 검사)
    Jeong Jong-seop (정종섭)
    Court Lawyer (법정 변호사)
  • Park Chan-young (박찬영)
    Park Chan-young (박찬영)
    Judge (재판관)
  • Kim Seong-nyeo (김성녀)
    Kim Seong-nyeo (김성녀)
    Bus conductor (버스 안내양)
    Lee Seon-ho (이선호)
    Voice actor (성우)
    Jo Joon-baek (조준백)
    Employee at construction site (건설회사 직원)
    Hong Seung-seop (홍승섭)
    Joon-seok's dubbed voice (uncredited, 방영시 준석의 더빙 목소리)
  • Joo Hyun (주현)
    Joo Hyun (주현)
    Joon-seok's father (준석 부)

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 Produced by
 Kim Dong-joo (김동주)
Korea Pictures (Korea Pictures)
International sales
CineClickAsia (CineClickAsia)
 Kim Chang-rae (김창래)
 Assistant director
 Hwang Ki-seok (황기석)
 Park Kok-ji (박곡지)
 Park Kwang-il (박광일)
 Seo ji-oh (서지오)
 Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
 Stunt/martial arts department
 Yoon Joo-hwan (윤주환)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Jeon Woo-jae (전우재)
Technical Information
116 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85) Dolby SRD
Music video
US $3 million
Festival(s) & award(s)
 -  - (2001)
 - Montreal film festival - (2001)
 -  - (2001)
Sales or release dates & Box Office
Release date in South Korea : 2003/03/31
 Korea, South - 2003/3/31 - 8.2 million (People)

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