Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (film)

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Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (film).jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Ha Jung-woo
Produced by Ahn Dong-kyu
Go Seung-hee
Written by Kim Ju-ho
Ha Jung-woo
Based on Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
by Yu Hua
Starring Ha Jung-woo
Ha Ji-won
Music by Kim Jeong-beom
Cinematography So Jung-oh
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed by Next Entertainment World
Release date
  • January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
Running time
123 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$9.2 million
Box office US$6.8 million

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (Hangul허삼관; RRHeosamgwan) is a 2015 South Korean film adaptation of the bestselling 1995 Chinese novel of the same title by Yu Hua.[1][2][3] The film, set in 1950s Korea, was co-written and directed by Ha Jung-woo, and he also starred alongside Ha Ji-won.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Plot[edit]

Set in a village right after the Korean War, poor but good-hearted Heo Sam-gwan sets out to win the most beautiful girl in the village, Heo Ok-ran, by selling his blood to earn money. Years later, the two are happily married with three children, but their family undergoes a crisis when Sam-gwan's eldest son doesn't resemble him and rumors spread about the boy's paternity.

Cast[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film opened on January 15, 2015, placing fourth at the South Korean box office. It grossed ₩4.59 billion (US$4.26 million) from 582,000 admissions in its first five days.[12] At the end of its theatrical run, it had a total gross of ₩7,405,659,269 from 955,206 admissions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (2 January 2015). "Actor Ha back with film adaptation of Chinese novel". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  2. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (14 January 2015). "Herald Interview: Mastering both sides of the camera". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  3. ^ Kim, Hyo-eun; Jin, Eun-soo (27 January 2015). "Ha shows his versatility in Chronicle". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  4. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (22 January 2015). "Herald Interview: Ha Ji-won still seeking action". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  5. ^ Cremin, Stephen (12 July 2013). "Ha Jung-woo to direct Blood Merchant". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  6. ^ Lee, Claire (17 July 2013). "Ha Jung-woo to direct film adaptation of Chinese novel". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  7. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (5 February 2014). "Ha Jung-woo directs again". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  8. ^ Conran, Pierce (6 February 2014). "HA Ji-won Joins HA Jung-woo's 2nd Directorial Outing: CHRONICLE A OF BLOOD MERCHANT Shoots for Late 2014 Release". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  9. ^ Frater, Patrick (24 April 2014). "Cannes: Korea's Ha Jung-woo to Direct, Star in Blood Merchant". Variety. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  10. ^ Lee, Hwa-jung (29 September 2013). "Korean Film Guide to BIFF 2013: Star HA Jung-woo Jack of All Trades". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  11. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (29 May 2014). "Yoon cast in tale of blood merchant". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  12. ^ Ma, Kevin (19 January 2015). "CJ's Ode and Forecast lead Korea box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 

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