Blood Rain (film)

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Blood Rain
Blood Rain film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul 혈의 누
Hanja
Revised Romanization Hyeolui Nu
McCune–Reischauer Hyŏl-ŭi nu
Directed by Kim Dae-seung
Produced by Kim Mi-hee
Written by Lee Won-jae
Kim Seong-je
Starring Cha Seung-won
Park Yong-woo
Ji Sung
Music by Jo Yeong-wook
Cinematography Choi Young-hwan
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date
  • May 4, 2005 (2005-05-04)
Running time
119 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$14,270,938[1]

Blood Rain (Hangul혈의 누; RRHyeolui Nu) is a 2005 South Korean film. A murder mystery set in 1808, the film touches on historical prejudice against Roman Catholicism in the Joseon Dynasty. Although primarily a period thriller, director Kim Dae-seung weaves together an unconventional mix of styles—a puzzle-box mystery plot traditionally associated with detective fiction, class-conscious social commentary, lush cinematography, sets and costume design, and a flair for gore.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

It is year 1808 on Donghwa Island, a small island with a technologically advanced paper mill. The presence of the mill has spawned a bustling village, and given its townspeople a certain degree of wealth. With climate and trees perfectly suited for papermaking—and a location remote enough to ensure both privacy and secrecy—the island has established a profitable business in high quality paper, with trade routes stretching as far away as China.

This isolated and largely autonomous island begins to be plagued by a string of gruesome murders. However, it's not just the mounting death toll that's causing residents to worry, but the sadistic, methodical way in which the victims were killed. With the killer still on the loose, the government sends in special investigator Wonkyu to crack the case. While conducting his dogged investigation, he soon uncovers a myriad of hidden secrets, tracing the murders back to an incident that occurred some seven years earlier, in which the former owner of the mill was executed for practicing Catholicism. The townspeople, for their part, are convinced that the dead man's ghost has come back for revenge. As the young officer digs deeper into the island's dark past, Wonkyu discovers that there may be something even more frightening than the murders or the murderer—a truth that will make him question the depths of human nature.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2005 Chunsa Film Art Awards
  • Best Film
  • Best Director – Kim Dae-seung
  • Best Supporting Actor – Park Yong-woo
  • Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
  • Best Editing – Kim Sang-bum, Kim Jae-bum
  • Best Lighting – Kim Sung-kwan
  • Technical Award – Shin Jae-ho
2005 Grand Bell Awards[6]
  • Best Art Direction – Min Eon-ok
  • Best Costume Design – Jung Kyung-hee
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Director – Kim Dae-seung
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor – Park Yong-woo
  • Nomination – Best Original Screenplay – Lee Won-jae
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
  • Nomination – Best Editing – Kim Sang-bum, Kim Jae-bum
  • Nomination – Best Lighting – Kim Sung-kwan
  • Nomination – Best Planning – Kim Mi-hee
  • Nomination – Best Visual Effects – Han Tae-jeong (Insight Visual), Jeong Do-an (Demolition), Shin Jae-ho (Mage)
2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Technical Award – Shin Jae-ho (Special Make-up Effects)
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Director – Kim Dae-seung
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor – Park Yong-woo
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
  • Nomination – Best Lighting – Kim Sung-kwan
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Min Eon-ok
2005 Korean Film Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor – Park Yong-woo
  • Best Art Direction – Min Eon-ok
  • Best Visual Effects – Shin Jae-ho
  • Best Sound – Kim Suk-won, Kim Chang-seop
  • Nomination – Best Director – Kim Dae-seung
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actress – Choi Ji-na
  • Nomination – Best New Actress – Yoon Se-ah
  • Nomination – Best Screenplay – Lee Won-jae
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
  • Nomination – Best Music – Jo Yeong-wook
2006 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Grand Prize
2006 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Actor – Cha Seung-won
  • Nomination – Best Screenplay – Lee Won-jae

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blood Rain" Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 혈의 누 (Blood Rain)". Twitch Film. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  3. ^ Park, Jeong-ho (10 May 2005). "Mixing compelling drama with history". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  4. ^ Min, Dong-yong (13 April 2005). "Dogged Cha Seung-won: Movie Tears of Blood". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  5. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (4 May 2005). "'Good Guy' Actor Shows Different Side". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Blood Rain". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 

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