Collective Invention

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Collective Invention
Collective Invention (돌연변이).jpg
Theatrical Poster for Collective Invention
Revised RomanizationDolyeon Byeoni
Directed byKwon Oh-kwang
Produced byKim Woo-sang
Screenplay byKwon Oh-kwang
StarringLee Kwang-soo
Lee Chun-hee
Park Bo-young
Music byJeong Hyun-soo
CinematographyKim Tae-soo
Edited byKim Hye-kyeong
Kim Woo-il
Woo Sang Film
Fides Spatium
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • 14 September 2015 (2015-09-14) (TIFF)
  • 22 October 2015 (2015-10-22) (Korea)
Running time
92 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$1.6 million[1]

Collective Invention (Korean돌연변이; RRDolyeon Byeoni; lit. Mutant) is a South Korean black comedy film written and directed by Kwon Oh-kwang.[2][3][4] It is about a hapless fish-man's meteoric rise to celebrity and subsequent fall from grace.[5] The film was screened in the Vanguard section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[6]


A medical experiment gone wrong and a man mutates due to side effects from an experimental drug administered to him, turning him into a fish-man. When his supposedly girlfriend posts the story of her 'fishy' boyfriend on the internet, a wannabe reporter starts digging for the truth, covering the news about the mutant fish-man.



The film was number five on its opening weekend, with ₩578 million.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 3rd Wildflower Film Awards Best New Director (Narrative Films) Kwon Oh-kwang Nominated[7]


  1. ^ a b Ma, Kevin (26 October 2015). "The Phone rings up South Korea box office". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ Kim, June (21 November 2014). "LEE Kwang-soo to Become a MUTANT". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (25 October 2015). "Collective Invention, wry portrayal of Korean society". The Korea Times. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  4. ^ Won, Ho-jung (4 November 2015). "Herald Interview: Lee Chun-hee - Mutant movie shows hardships of being ordinary". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  5. ^ Fulvi, Giovanna. "Collective Invention". TIFF. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  6. ^ Gates, Jamie (11 August 2015). "Toronto Film Festival Adds 60+ Titles, Including Janis Joplin Doc and Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  7. ^ Conran, Pierce (23 March 2016). "3rd Wildflower Film Awards Unveil Nominees". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 22 April 2016.

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