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Vegetarian (채식주의자)

채식주의자 (Chae-sik-joo-eui-ja)

Directed by Lim Woo-seong (임우성)

Screenplay by


111min | Release date in South Korea :

The movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, revolves around Yeong-hye (Chae Min-seo), a woman who decides to become a vegetarian. Her new lifestyle ignites the fury of her father. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law, a painter going through a slump, finds inspiration in a surprising place.


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    The New York Times lists "Vegetarian" as one of their top books of the year, CICI announces Korea's best cultural ambassadors, My Korean Husband get their hanbok on, and watch France 24's feature on South Korea's K-pop phenomenon,...More
  • Korean Novel Makes NYT's 'Best Books of 2016' List

    2016/12/11, Source
    The International Man Booker Prize-winning novel "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang was chosen as one of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times. "The Vegetarian" has been sold in 34 countries and was published in the U.S. in January,...More
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    The Korea Times shines the light on the "hidden promoters" of Korean literature, Julie Ricevuto explores body shaming and beauty culture in Korea, Help Go Abroad has some useful tips for expats to avoid any serious culture shock, and "American Ninja Warrior" to challenge locals later this year,...More
  • Novelist Han Kang Wins Man Booker Int'l Prize

    2016/05/22, Source
    Writer Han Kang (right) poses with translator Deborah Smith in this photo tweeted by the Man Booker Prize on Monday. Korean writer Hang Kang was awarded the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel "The Vegetarian" during a ceremony in London on Monday,...More
  • Han Kang Shortlisted for Man Booker Int'l Prize

    2016/04/17, Source
    Han Kang Korean writer Han Kang has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for her novel "The Vegetarian". The shortlist of six finalists for Britain's most prestigious literary award was announced Thursday, chosen from 13 longlisted last month. It includes the latest work from Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006,...More
  • Han Kang Longlisted for Man Booker Int'l Prize

    2016/03/13, Source
    Korean writer Han Kang has been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for her novel "The Vegetarian". The 50,000-pound biennial award hosted in Britain goes to novels from across the world translated into English,...More
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  • Actress Chae Min-seo booked for drunk driving

    2012/01/30, Source
    Actress Chae Min-seo (31) caused a car accident in Kangnam, Seoul. The Kangnam Police announced that Chae's Mercedez Benz ran into a car that was parking in a residential district in Cheongdam-dong at 10:25 AM in the morning on January 30th. She turned out to be intoxicated, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.081%, and it seems like she won't be able to avoid getting her license suspended,...More
  • Interview with director Lim Woo-seong

    2011/09/23, Source
      Up-and-coming Korean director Lim Woo-seong, whose "Scars" is screening in the San Sebastian International Film Festival Zabaltegi-New Directors Section, speaks to Cine21's SHIN Dooyoung about his work. This is an excerpt from the full story which will be published in the October issue of Korean Cinema Today. Director Lim Woo-seong, who adapted "Vegetarian" from HAN Gang's novel of the same title, has once has once again made a film from a novel by Han. His second film "Scars" is based on from Han Gang's short story collection "Fruit of My Woman". The film talks of the complicated married relationship between Sang-hyeop, a perfectionist newscaster and Sun-hee, a children's book illustrator. Like "Vegetarian", "Scars" is true to the images from the novel, describing the characters' psychology in detail,...More
  • "Amen", KIM Ki-duk's Latest Film, is Off to Competition at San Sebastian

    2011/08/22, Source
    by KOFIC Staff Kim Ki-duk is returning with a new narrative film in three years. Two Korean films have been officially invited to the 59th San Sebastian International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Spanish-language regions. KIM's "Amen" (2011), his first narrative feature production in three years. has been invited to the festival's Competitive Official Selection, while Lim Woo-seong's "Scars" (2011) is competing at festival's Zabaltegi-New Directors Section,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Vegetarian

    Lim Woo-seong's debut film "Vegetarian" had to compete at the Korean box office with the likes of "Secret Reunion" and the recorded breaking "Avatar" early last year. This low-budget psychological drama only managed a mere 3,145 admissions but scored an invitation to be screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.,...More
  • Shinhwa's Jun Jin denies dating actress Chae Min-seo

    2010/11/11, Source
    Jun Jin (left) and actress Chae Min-seo (right) [Open-World Entertainment/K Entertainment] Shinhwa member Jun Jin, who is currently serving his mandatory two year military service, has denied dating Korean actress Chae Min-seo. "We have checked with Jun Jin and he confirmed that the two are not dating. They have met and had dinner but it was with several other fellow actors", an official from his agency Open-World Entertainment explained, adding that Jun and Chae are just in a senior-junior relationship as actors,...More
  • Actress Chea Min-seo Pushes the Limits in 'Vegetarian'

    2010/02/20, Source
    The low-budget film "Vegetarian" is up at the Korean box office against Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar", which has drawn over 12 million spe,...More
  • [ChanMi's movie news] "Vegetarian" causes Chae to lose 8kg!

    2010/02/06, Source
    Actress Chae Min-seo has said that she had to go to the Acupuncture because of noodles! She has lost 8 kg for this movie that her dream was to eat ramen noodles with rice! Chae said that after the filming for the movie was over, she went to eat ramen but ate too much that her stomach did not take the food well. The movie, "Vegetarian" is about Yeong-hye wh,...More
  • "Vegetarian" to Compete at Sundance 2010

    2009/12/04, Source
    A Korean film has been selected to screen in competition at the Sundance Film Festival next month in Park City, Utah. Director Lim Woo-seong',...More
  • Korean Films Premiering at 14th Pusan Fest
    2009/09/18, Source
    A number of high-profile Korean features will have their World Premiere at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) including opening film "Good Morning President" by writer-director,...More
  • KOFIC announces recipients of HD production support
    2008/11/13, Source
    The Korean Film Council has selected five feature films to receive support under the 2008 HD Film Production Support Program.

    Each film, to be shot in HD format, will receive 300 million won (~$230,000) to help offset production costs. Only those features with a production budget of less than on,...
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 Han Kang (한강)
 Original work
 Kim Seon-jeong (김선정)
 Cho Sung-kyu (조성규)
 Production department
 Go Jung-wook (고정욱)
 Assistant director
 Park Sang-min-II (박상민)
 Assistant director
 Moon In-dae (문인대)
 Lim Seon-ae-I (임선애)
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111 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2010/02/18
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2010.03.14 : 3,195 admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.07 : 3,100 admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.28 : 2,644 admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.21 : 1,505 admissions (total)

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