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Paju (파주)

파주 (Pa-joo)

Directed by Park Chan-ok (박찬옥)

Screenplay by


111min | Release date in South Korea :

Introduced at the 14th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), director Park Chan-ok's movie is about a girl who happens to live with her sister's husband. Though she believes he killed her sister, she loves him despite the deep hatred. As a suburban city of Seoul and a longtime military area, Paju is shown as full of such contradictions and wandering souls.


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MK Picture (MK 픽쳐스)
 Lee Yoo-rim (이유림)
 Script supervisor
 Kim Joon-I (김준)
 Art director/Production designer/Set design
 Kim Hyeong-joo (김형주)
 Kim Sang-man (김상만)
 Advertising design
 Choi Yoon-jin (최윤진)
 Production department
 Shin Yoo-ram (신유람)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Suk-won (김석원)
 Sound department
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
 Lee Yoo-rim (이유림)
 Editing department
 So Joon-moon (소준문)
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Airing dates : 2009/10/29
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2010.03.21 : 134,917 admissions (total)
As of 2009.12.27 : 133,386 admissions (total)
As of 2009.12.20 : 133,272 admissions (total)
As of 2009.12.06 : 132,489 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.29 : 131,969 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.22 : 131,109 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.15 : 126,605 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.08 : 118,500 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.01 : 79,685 admissions (total)

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