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The correct title of this article is BA:BO. The substitution or omission of the colon is because of technical restrictions.
BABO film poster.jpg
Revised Romanization Babo
McCune–Reischauer Pabo
Directed by Kim Jung-kwon
Written by Kim Young-tak
Kim Jung-kwon
Based on BA:BO 
by Kang Full
Starring Cha Tae-hyun
Ha Ji-won
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release dates
  • February 28, 2008 (2008-02-28)
Running time
98 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $6,453,485[1]

BA:BO (바보) is a 2008 South Korean film. Based on a popular webtoon, the film was directed by Kim Jung-kwon, and stars Cha Tae-hyun and Ha Ji-won in the lead roles.


Ji-ho is a promising pianist who has been studying and playing abroad for years, but her career takes a blow when she is struck with stage fright. Returning home, Ji-ho is reunited with her old school friend, Seung-ryong, who, although now in his twenties, has been left with the mind of a six-year-old following an accident.

Seung-ryong's only family is his younger sister, Ji-in, and he takes care of her by trying to sell toast outside her school, much to her embarrassment. Ji-in later becomes ill, and Seung-ryong's other friend, Sang-soo, falls into trouble with some gangsters. With all of his friends and family facing problems, Seung-ryong becomes an unlikely saviour.


BA:BO was adapted from a popular webtoon of the same name created by Kang Full, which ran from January to April 2004. Director Kim Jung-kwon, himself a fan of the comic, was approached directly by Kang, and described the film as being faithful to the source material.[2][3]


  • Cha Tae-hyun as Seung-ryong. A fan of the original comic, Tae-hyun stated at a press conference that he "cried [his] eyes out" when reading it. Rather than draw his inspiration from mentally challenged people in reality or as portrayed in other media, he felt it necessary to play the character as written in the comic. Cha gained eight kilogrammes during production, and was unable to lose all of that weight for his wedding in 2006.[2]
    • Seo Dae-han as young Seung-ryong.
  • Ha Ji-won as Ji-ho. Playing the role of a frustrated pianist, Ji-won performed on the piano herself for the film. Although she had studied piano as a child, she received tutoring from singer/songwriter No Young-shim, who also taught her subtle gestures and postures.[2]
  • Park Hee-soon as Sang-soo.
  • Park Ha-sun as Ji-in.
  • Park Grina as Hee-yeong.
  • Jeon Mi-seon as young Seung-ryong's mother.
  • Lee Ki-young as "Small Star" president.
  • Lee Sang-hoon as junk seller.

Box office[edit]

BA:BO was released on February 28, 2008,[4] and was ranked third at the box office on its opening weekend, grossing $2,302,058.[5] By April 6 the film had grossed a total of $6,450,178,[6] and as of March 23 the total number of tickets sold was 951,573.[4]


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  2. ^ a b c Lee Hyo-won, Cha, Ha To Bring Tears, Laughter, The Korea Times, January 29, 2008. Retrieved on April 9, 2008.
  3. ^ Top Korean Film Projects in 2006, Korean Film Observatory No.18 Spring 2006, page 33. Retrieved on April 9, 2008.
  4. ^ a b BA:BO, HanCinema. Retrieved on April 8, 2008.
  5. ^ South Korea Box Office February 29–March 2, 2008, Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on April 8, 2008.
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