Woo Sang

Politician Koo Myung-hui is in the midst of the run-up to an election when he one day discovers his wife in the garage, frantically cleaning their son Johan’s blood-splattered car. Their son has just run someone over, and has brought the dead man’s body back home. Koo, who considers himself to be morally upright, persuades Johan to turn himself in. He then takes the body of the victim, which turns out to be the cognitively impaired Bu-nam, and places it back near the street. The fact that Bu-nam’s fiancée, an illegal Chinese immigrant called Ryeon-hwa, may have witnessed the accident, is not the only difficulty that Koo soon faces.
Korean director Lee Su-jin’s second feature is a gloomy, rain-drenched thriller with neo-noir elements. A compelling work, not only on account of its imagery that is as poetic as it is shocking and a plot that is full of twists and turns, but also because it can be read as a statement on the political situation of illegal immigrants in South Korea who are driven to despair by their uncertain status.
by Lee Su-jin
with Han Seok-kyu, Sul Kyung-gu, Chun Woo-hee
Republic of Korea 2019 Korean,  Subtitles: English 140’ Colour World premiere


  • Han Seok-kyu (Myung-hui)
  • Sul Kyung-gu (Joong-sik)
  • Chun Woo-hee (Ryeon-hwa)


DirectorLee Su-jin
ScreenplayLee Su-jin
CinematographySon Won-ho
EditingChoi Hyun-sook
MusicKim Tae-seong
Sound DesignLee Sung-june
SoundLee Sang-june, Ko Dong-hun
Production DesignKim Si-yong, Jeong Hye-won
CostumesKim Ha-kyoung
Make-upLee Jeong-sook
Executive ProducerKang Kyung-ho
ProducersAn Eun-mi, Han Sang-hyun
Associate ProducerEoh Ji-yeon

Produced by

Pollux Barunson Production

Seoul, Republic of Korea

Vill Lee Film

Seoul, Republic of Korea

CGV Arthouse

Seoul, Republic of Korea

World sales


Seoul, Korea

Lee Su-jin

Born in Gimcheon, Gyeongsang-do, South Korea in 1977. The director and screenwriter began his career predominantly making short films, such as Papa and Enemy’s Apple, which were screened and won awards at various international film festivals, as was his film Son’s, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2006. His debut feature film, Han Gong-Ju, about a rape case and based on real-life events, was one of the most successful independent films in South Korea and won numerous prizes including the Citizen Critics’ Award at the Busan International Film Festival.


2002 I Go I; short film 2004 Papa; short film 2006 Son's; short film 2007 Enemy's Apple; short film 2013 Han Gong-ju

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019


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