Rough Cut (2008 film)

Rough Cut

South Korean Poster
Hangul 영화 영화
Hanja 映畫는 映畫다
Revised Romanization Yeonghwaneun yeonghwada
McCune–Reischauer Yŏnghwanŭn yŏnghwata
Directed by Jang Hoon
Produced by Kim Ki-duk
David Cho
Written by Kim Ki-duk
Music by Roh Hyoung-woo
Cinematography Kim Gi-tae
Kim Ki-duk Film
Distributed by
  • Studio 2.0
  • Sponge ENT
Release dates
  • September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11)
Running time
113 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget ₩650 million[1]
US$1.5 million[2]
Box office $7,202,140[3]

Rough Cut (Hangul: 영화는 영화다; RR: Yeonghwanun Yeonghwada; lit. "A Movie is a Movie") is a 2008 South Korean action crime film. It is the debut feature of director Jang Hoon and based on an original story by Kim Ki-duk. The film had a total of 1,307,688 admissions nationwide.[4]


Gang-pae, played by So Ji-sub, is a local organized crime leader who still wishes he could be in movies. Soo-ta, played by Kang Ji-hwan, is a haughty actor who is easy to provoke. Within his latest film, where he plays a gangster, he gets into the role too much and sends one of the stuntmen to the hospital. The two men meet by chance at a room salon and Soo-ta enlists Gang-pae to join the production. But this real life gangster will only join the production if the fights are real. The two main characters continue to try and one-up the other every chance they get.


Blurring of real and fake

Since this film crosses back and forth between being an actual movie and a movie within a movie, the lines get blurred as to which the audience is watching. Examples:

Awards and nominations

2008 Blue Dragon Film Awards[5]
2008 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
2008 Korean Film Awards
2008 Director's Cut Awards
2009 Asian Film Awards
2009 Baeksang Arts Awards
2009 Shanghai International Film Festival
2009 Buil Film Awards
2009 Busan Film Critics Awards
2009 Grand Bell Awards


  1. "Low Budget the New Answer for Chungmuro?". Twitch Film. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  2. D'Sa, Nigel (14 August 2008). "Rough Cut Ready for September Release". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  3. "Youngwhaneun Youngwhada (Rough Cut)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  4. "Theatrical Releases in 2008: Box-Office Admission Results". Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  5. "Rough Cut - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
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