A Barefoot Dream

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A Barefoot Dream
A Barefoot Dream.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Kim Tae-gyun
Written by Kim Tae-gyun
Starring Park Hee-soon
Ko Chang-seok
Music by Kim Joon-seok
Edited by Sin Min-kyeong
Distributed by Showbox
Release date(s)
  • 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24)
Running time 121 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $2,000,972[1]

A Barefoot Dream (Hangul: 맨발의 꿈; RR: Maenbalui Kkum) is a 2010 drama film co-production between South Korea and Japan directed by Kim Tae-gyun. This film is based on the true story of Coach Kim Sin-Hwan, who was East Timor's "Hiddink." The film was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards[2] but it did not make the final shortlist.[3] The film had 332,699 admissions in South Korea.[4]


Kim Won-kang (Park Hee-soon) is a former soccer prospect whose life did not turn out quite as he had hoped. He heads to East Timor, where he thinks there will be plenty of opportunities for him. One day, he sees a group of street kids playing ball with bare feet. Thinking he can score by selling soccer shoes, he opens a sports equipment store, but realizes none of the kids can afford those fancy shoes or jerseys. Again, despaired, he is about to close up the store. Then, he decides to teach the kids how to play ball. Penniless and still without shoes, they decide to compete at the International Youth Soccer Championship in Japan.[5]


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  1. ^ "Box office by Country: A Barefoot Dream Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04
  2. ^ "65 Countries Enter Race for 2010 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  3. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Korean Movie Reviews for 2010" koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-04
  5. ^ "Korea Movie Barefoot Dream". hancinema. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 

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