Beautiful (2008 film)

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Beautiful film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Areumdapta
McCune–Reischauer Arŭmdapta
Directed by Juhn Jai-hong
Produced by Kim Ki-duk
David Cho
Screenplay by Juhn Jai-hong
Story by Kim Ki-duk
Starring Cha Soo-yeon
Lee Chun-hee
Music by No Hyeong-u
Cinematography Kim Gi-tae
Edited by Juhn Jai-hong
Distributed by Sponge Entertainment
Release date
  • 14 February 2008 (2008-02-14)
Running time
88 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$9,840[1]

Beautiful (Hangul아름답다; RRAreumdapda) is a 2008 South Korean film, and the debut feature of director Juhn Jai-hong.[2] The film is based on an original story by Kim Ki-duk.[3][4][5][6]


Eun-yeong is a young woman who finds her beauty to be a curse, drawing unwanted attention from all kinds of men and making other women jealous. Nevertheless, she leads a relatively content life until she is raped by one of her stalkers, Seong-min, who then blames Eun-yeong for the incident, saying, "I did it because you're so beautiful". Traumatized by her attack, Eun-yeong tries to destroy her beauty, first by attempting to become obese, and when that fails by making herself unattractively thin. When her beauty does start to fade, she becomes alarmed and tries to regain it by wearing gaudy make up and revealing clothes, her behaviour increasingly destructive and unstable. A policeman, Eun-cheol, watches her downfall with pity and sympathy, but eventually he too submits to his lustful desires.


  • Cha Soo-yeon ... Eun-yeong
  • Lee Chun-hee ... Eun-cheol
  • Choi Moo-sung ... Detective Kim
  • Kim Min-soo ... Seong-min
  • Lee Min ... Mi-yeon
  • Bae Yong-geun ... Beauty salon boss
  • Kim Seon-bin ... Working man
  • Jo Seok-hyeon ... Lavatory man
  • Lee Chang-min ... Police station man


Beautiful premiered in the Panorama section of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival,[5][7] and was given a limited theatrical release in South Korea on February 14, 2008, where it was screened in just five Seoul theaters.[8][9] As of March 31, 2008, it had received a total of 1,478 admissions,[10] and as of April 13, it grossed US$9,840.[1]


Beautiful won the Grand Prix at the 2008 Fukuoka Asian Film Festival.[7]


  1. ^ a b "South Korea Box Office April 11–13, 2008". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 February 2008). "Singer-Turned-Director's Fearless Endeavor". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  3. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (5 February 2008). "Beautiful examines idea of beauty a la Kim Ki-duk mode". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  4. ^ "A "Beautiful" But Miserable Woman". The Dong-a Ilbo. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Hyo-won (14 February 2008). "Beautiful Shows Ugly Side of Beauty". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  6. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 아름답다 (Beautiful)". Twitch Film. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  7. ^ a b Paquet, Darcy (17 July 2008). ""Beautiful wins top prize at Fukuoka". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  8. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (15 February 2008). "Beautiful Opens on Valentines Day". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  9. ^ Yang Sung-jin (13 February 2008). "Arthouse films warm cold season". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  10. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2008: Box-Office Admission Results". Retrieved 2008-12-06.

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