Break Out (film)

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Break Out
Break Out film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Jang Hang-jun
Produced by Lee Jun-taek
Baek Nam-su
Lee Gwan-su
Written by Park Jung-woo
Starring Kim Seung-woo
Cha Seung-won
Music by Yoon Jong-shin
Cinematography Kim Sung-bok
Edited by Ko Im-pyo
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date
  • 17 July 2002 (2002-07-17)
Running time
105 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Break Out (Hangul라이터를 켜라; RRLaiteoreul Kyeora; lit. "Spark the Lighter") is a 2002 South Korean film.[1]


A loser, Bong-gu (Kim Seung-woo), attends a high school reunion, where he is ridiculed for his lack of accomplishments. The next day he goes to the country for army reserve training, where he encounters further humiliation and failure. With his last few won he purchases a cheap cigarette lighter. With no other way home, he shares a taxi to Seoul train station with a fellow reservist and malcontent named Bum-soo (Kang Sung-jin).

While at the station, Bong-gu leaves his lighter in a bathroom stall, where it is purloined by a gangster, Yang Chul-gon (Cha Seung-won). Enraged beyond endurance, Bong-gu demands the lighter back, provoking a beating from the gangster's underlings. Undeterred, he follows Chul-gon onto a train. There, Chul-gon has more important business to attend to, waylaying a senator (Park Yeong-gyu) whom he had helped into office but who has since refused to reciprocate with any political favors. When the senator stubbornly refuses to concede, Chul-gon takes the entire train hostage. Meanwhile, Bong-gu will stop at nothing to recover his lighter.



  1. ^ "<라이터를 켜라>의 장항준 감독이 쓴 '눈물나는'제작일지(2)". Cine21 (in Korean). 19 July 2002. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

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