Breath (2007 film)

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Breath film poster.jpg
Revised Romanization Soom
McCune–Reischauer Sum
Directed by Kim Ki-duk
Written by Kim Ki-duk
Starring Chang Chen
Park Ji-a
Music by Kim Myeong-jong
Cinematography Seong Jong-mu
Edited by Wang Su-an
Distributed by Sponge
Release date
  • April 26, 2007 (2007-04-26)[1]
Running time
84 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $624,947

Breath (, Soom) is the fourteenth feature film by South Korean director Kim Ki-duk.


A loner housewife, Yeon, deals with her depression and anger by beginning a passionate affair with a convicted man on death row. After discovering her husband’s infidelity, Yeon visits the prison where a notorious condemned criminal, Jin, is confined. She has been following the news reports of his numerous suicide attempts. Despite knowing Jin's crimes, Yeon treats him like an old lover and puts all her efforts into his happiness, even though she doesn't know him.



Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 67% approval for Breath, based on six critics.[2] Breath was nominated for the Palme d'Or award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival,[3] although the prize was eventually awarded to the film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.

The film grossed a total of $624,947 internationally.[4]


  1. ^ Box-Office Admission Results (2007), Retrieved on April 2, 2008.
  2. ^ "Soom (Breath) (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Breath". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Breath". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved March 04, 2012.

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