Champion (2002 film)

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Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Chaem-pi-eon
McCune–Reischauer Ch‘aemp‘iŏn
Directed by Kwak Kyung-taek
Produced by Jo Weon-jang
Written by Kwak Kyung-taek
Starring Yu Oh-seong
Chae Min-seo
Music by Matthieu Gain
Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo
Edited by Park Gok-ji
Distributed by Media Suits
Release date
June 28, 2002 (2002-06-28)
Running time
117 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$10,569,737[1]

Champion (Hangul챔피언) is a 2002 South Korean film directed by Kwak Kyung-taek, about South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim, portrayed by Yu Oh-seong.


A biopic, Champion details the life of Duk Koo Kim, South Korea's most popular boxer, who, in his rise to international fame, faced the reigning lightweight champion Ray Mancini at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13, 1982. Kim ultimately lost the match after fourteen rounds, and within minutes, dropped into a coma from which he never recovered. The match changed boxing rules around the world; and affected South Korea especially.



  1. ^ "Champion" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. Boxofficemojo. Retrieved March 04, 2012.

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