City of Damnation

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City of Damnation
City of Damnation film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hanja 스러운
Revised Romanization Yoogamseureowoon dosi
McCune–Reischauer Yugamsŭrŏun tosi
Directed by Kim Dong-won
Written by Kim Dong-won
Starring Jung Joon-ho
Jung Woong-in
Jung Woon-taek
Music by Kim Si-hwan
Cinematography Kim Hyo-jin
Edited by Jeong Gwang-jin
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • 22 January 2009 (2009-01-22)
Running time
121 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$7,545,744

City of Damnation (Hangul유감스러운 도시; RRYoogamseureowoon dosi; MRYugamsŭrŏun tosi) is a 2009 South Korean film directed by Kim Dong-won and is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs.[1][not in citation given]


Jang Choon-dong is a traffic officer who aspires to become a homicide detective. After being noticed by his superiors, Choon-dong is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate a gangster network headed by Yang Kwang-seob. Meanwhile, Lee Joong-dae (Jung Woong-in), a member of Kwang-seob's gang, goes undercover himself by joining the police force. Joong-dae tries hard to gain favour with his squad leader and bureau director in an effort to expose Choon-dong's identity, but falls in love with a colleague, Cha Se-rin.


  • Jung Joon-ho as Jang Choon-dong
  • Jung Woong-in as Lee Joong-dae
  • Jung Woon-taek as Moon Dong-sik, aka Dae Ga-ri
  • Park Sang-min as Ssang-kal
  • Kim Sang-joong as Gangster boss Yang Kwang-seob
  • Han Go-eun as Police lieutenant Cha Se-rin
  • Sunwoo Jae-duk as Squad leader Park Jong-ki
  • Park Yong-gi as Bureau director Cheon Seong-ki
  • Kim Dae-hee as Won Sam-eeh, aka Won Soong-eeh
  • Kang Seong-pil as Yang Pal-eeh


City of Damnation was released in South Korea on 22 January 2009,[2] and was the only Korean film to be released during the Lunar New Year holiday, traditionally a big season for domestic films.[3] On its opening weekend it was ranked third at the box office with 249,720 admissions,[4] and the film's disappointing performance was thought to illustrate a steady decline in the popularity of the gangster comedy genre with local audiences.[5] As of 22 February, City of Damnation had received a total of 1,555,039 admissions nationwide,[6] and as of 1 March had grossed a total of US$7,545,744.[7]

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  1. ^ "Infernal Affairs vs. the remake, The Departed". Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  2. ^ "City of Damnation (Movie - 2008)". HanCinema. Retrieved on 23 March 2009.
  3. ^ Yang Sung-jin. "Foreign films lead weekend". HanCinema, 24 January 2009; originally published by The Korea Herald. Retrieved on 23 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Korean Box Office, Week-end 2009.01.23 ~ 2009.01.25". HanCinema. Retrieved on 23 March 2009.
  5. ^ Yang Sung-jin. "'Red Cliff' dominates holiday box office". HanCinema, 29 January 2009; originally published by The Korea Herald. Retrieved on 23 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Korean Box Office, Week-end 2009.02.20 ~ 2009.02.22". HanCinema. Retrieved on 23 March 2009.
  7. ^ "South Korea Box Office February 27–March 1, 2009". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 23 March 2009.

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