Promotional poster for Unbowed
|Revised Romanization||Bureojin Hwasal|
|Directed by||Chung Ji-young|
|Produced by||Kim Ji-yeon|
|Written by||Chung Ji-young
|Music by||Kim Joon-seok|
|Edited by||Kim Sang-beom
Unbowed (Hangul: 부러진 화살; RR: Bureojin Hwasal; lit. "Broken Arrow") is a 2011 South Korean courtroom drama film starring Ahn Sung-ki and Park Won-sang. It was inspired by the true story of Kim Myung-ho, a math professor who was arrested for shooting a crossbow at the presiding judge of his appeal against wrongful dismissal.
Unbowed was produced and distributed by Aura Pictures on a low budget of ₩1.5 billion which included marketing and ₩500 million for production. Ji-yeong said making the film would not have been possible without the actors' willingness to work for very little pay, commending their passion.
After it was released in theaters on January 18, 2012, the outrage resonated with South Korean viewers, and word of mouth turned it into an unexpected box office hit with 3.4 million tickets sold.
Kim Kyung-ho (Ahn Sung-ki) is a math professor who was fired by his university in 1995, after he questioned the validity of a math question in its entrance exam. Kim files a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal but it is ruled in favor of the university. In 2007, after his appeal was dismissed, Kim out of frustration confronts the presiding judge outside his apartment with a crossbow. A physical struggle ensures and Kim is arrested but maintains that he did not shoot the judge, while the judge claims he was shot by an arrow. The media is whipped into a frenzy over the incident.
Meanwhile Park Jun (Park Won-sang), a lawyer heavily in debt, is approached by Kim's wife to take on the case. He has a good hunch about the case but she changes her mind when she notices his drinking problem. Later, Kim and Park are introduced but Park refuses to take on the case when confronted with the obstinate yet principled Kim. But faced with increasing debt problems, Park decides to quit drinking and takes on the case. Both with strong characters, they start the trial at loggerheads. Nevertheless, they cooperate and go on to fight the case.
- Ahn Sung-ki - Professor Kim Kyung-ho
- Park Won-sang - Lawyer Park Jun
- Na Young-hee - Kim Kyung-ho's wife
- Kim Ji-ho - Journalist Jang Eun-seo
- Moon Sung-keun - Judge Shin Jae-yeol
- Lee Geung-young - Judge Lee Tae-woo
- Kim Eung-soo - Judge Park Bong-joo
- Jin Kyung - Park Jun's wife
- Kim Joon-bae - Section chief Lee
- Park Soo-il - Prosecutor Shim Joon-bok
- Jung Won-joong - Park Jae-ki
- Han Ki-joong - President of foundation
- Park Gil-soo - Chairman Choi
- Lee Seung-hoon - Lawyer Lee
When Unbowed was released on January 18, 2012, it was shown in 245 screens, the second lowest number among films released that day. But thanks to its steady popularity, by January 24 the film was shown on 456 screens before the number decreased to 389 the next day. By January 26, the film had attracted 1.4 million admissions. According to data provided by Korean Film Council (KOFIC) it was the third most-watched film in South Korea in the first quarter of 2012, with a total of 3.4 million admissions.
Awards and nominations
- Best Film
- Best Actor - Ahn Sung-ki
- Nomination - Best Director - Chung Ji-young
- Nomination - Best Screenplay - Chung Ji-young, Han Hyun-geun
2012 49th Grand Bell Awards
- Nomination - Best Film
- Nomination - Best Director - Chung Ji-young
- Nomination - Best Actor - Ahn Sung-ki
2013 4th KOFRA Film Awards (Korea Film Reporters Association)
- Best Director - Chung Ji-young
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