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The Fake (사이비)

사이비 (Sa-i-bi)

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)

Screenplay by

Animation Thriller

100min | Release date in South Korea :

Who is good and who is evil? What is the boundary between them? An animated thriller about the tension between a good-hearted person speaking falsely and an evil-natured person speaking truthfully, and of those that surround them. "The Fake" is the much-anticipated sophomore feature of Yeon Sang-ho, who took the international festival circuit by storm with his incendiary debut "King of Pigs", which debuted at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, during which it was awarded three prizes (NETPAC, DGK Best Director and CGV MOVIE Collage). It went on to a slew of others events, where it bagged many more accolades. Each of Yeon's works have sought to explore one negative facet of life in Korea. His first feature "King of Pigs" was a brutal and often harrowing look at bullying in high school. Last year, the animation director released "The Window", a mid-length work based on Korea's obligatory military service, another system fiercely governed by hierarchy. In "The Fake", Yeon has opted to examine the strange world of religious cults and faith. His latest work was also selected for the 2012 Asian Project Market, which takes place during the Busan Film Festival.


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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fake": An Animated Nightmare

    In the spotlight this week: Yeon Sang-ho's "The Fake" There are no heroes in Yeon's dystopian dreamscapes. Within both "King of Pigs and "The Fake" you'll find worlds that resemble the life-sustaining mush under a moist log, dank ecosystems alive with poisons and pessimism; here is where Yeon's Pigs wallowed, and then, in 2013, he sent three haunted men to a ghost town for a mexican meltdown. "The Fake" pivots around three men: a reformed pastor, a slick charlatan, and a gnarly and cynical thug. This is similar to the trio of testosterone found in "King of Pigs", but here our lead's pasts are chasing them down like dogs,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] "The Fake"

    A selection of stills from Yeon Sang-ho's "The Fake" Yeon's feature debut "King of Pigs" was a disturbing and violent look at schoolyard bullying and masculine madness. It was a gritty piece of animation that quickly made the rounds on the festival circuits and flagged Yeon as a unique, if not pessimistic, filmmaker with mind for mayhem and human tragedy. His follow-up film, "The Fake", was equally disturbing and dark and continued in the same violent vein as Yeon's hard-hitting opener…Enjoy! [SPOILERS],...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fake"

    The attitude this film takes toward organized religion is about as cynical a one as possible. From the very beginning it's clearly indicated that the cult which has become the center of life in a town soon to be destroyed a dam project is a sham designed largely to extort money from desperate people. And yet when one man finally steps up to do something about it, his efforts are rebuffed at every turn. Mainly because this man, Min-Chul (voiced by Yang Ik-june), is impossibly vile and repulsive, provoking disgust not just from other characters but even from the audience,...More

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 Kim Woo-taek (김우택)
 Production department
 Jang Jae-hyuk (장재혁)
 Computer generated graphics/Digital special effects department
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Airing dates : 2013/11/21
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2013.12.08 : 20 780 admissions (total)
As of 2013.12.01 : 18 177 admissions (total)
As of 2013.11.24 : 11 321  admissions (total)

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