Confidential Assignment

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Confidential Assignment
Confidential Assignment (공조).jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised RomanizationGongjo
Directed byKim Sung-hoon
Produced byYoon Je-kyoon
Written byYoon Hyun-ho
Music byHwang Sang-joon
CinematographyLee Sung-jae
Edited byLee Jin
JK Film
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • January 18, 2017 (2017-01-18)
Running time
125 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$8.52 million[1]
Box officeUS$58.6 million[2]

Confidential Assignment (Korean공조; Hanja共助; RRGongjo; lit. Cooperation) is a 2017 South Korean action film directed by Kim Sung-hoon. It stars Hyun Bin, Yoo Hae-jin and Kim Joo-hyuk.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Im Cheol-ryung (Hyun Bin) is an officer of a special investigation team in North Korea. His team goes to a disturbance at a warehouse that prints counterfeit money. Im Cheol-ryung's superior Cha Ki-seong (Kim Joo-hyuk) and his own team are there to steal the master plates to print the counterfeit money. A shootout takes place and, in the process, Im Cheol-ryung is shot and others killed.

North Korean officials later learn that Cha Ki-seong has fled to South Korea. Im Cheol-ryung is ordered to capture Cha Ki-seong and retrieve the stolen master plates. He is given only three days to complete his mission. For the first time, South Korea and North Korea decide to cooperate to catch a criminal. South Korean officials though have doubts whether Cha Ki-seong is really a killer. Detective Kang Jin-tae (Yoo Hae-jin) from Seoul is ordered to watch over Im Cheol-ryung tightly while he is in South Korea.



Confidential Assignment opened in second place at the box office on January 18. It rose to first place in its second week selling an accumulative 4 million tickets by January 30 and surpassed the 5 million mark two days later.[10][11][12][13]

The movie became the most viewed Korean movie during the first half of 2017 by attracting 7.8 million audience locally. However, this record was surpassed in August by A Taxi Driver.[14]


Confidential Assignment was sold to 42 territories, including the U.S. and several countries in Asia.[15][16]

  • In US on January 27, 2017
  • In Canada on February 3
  • In Australia and New Zealand on February 9
  • In Hong Kong and Macao on February 16
  • In Taiwan on February 17
  • In Vietnam on March 3
  • In Thailand on April 13
  • In India on November 25

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress
Im Yoon-ah
Nominated [17]
Most Popular Actress Won
Korean Film Shining Star Awards Newcomer Award: Best New Actress Won [18]
Best Director
Kim Sung-hoon
Fantasia International Film Festival Action! Award
Confidential Assignment
Won [19]
22nd Busan International Film Festival Marie Claire Asia Star Awards: Rising Star Award
Im Yoon-ah
1st The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor
Kim Joo-hyuk
Won [20][21][22]
Best New Actress
Im Yoon-ah
54th Grand Bell Awards Nominated [23]
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated [24]
Best Film Editing
Confidential Assignment
1st Marianas International Film Festival in Saipan Best Popular Asian Actress
Im Yoon-ah
Won [25]
6th Korea Top Star Awards Popular Star Award
Hyun Bin
Won [26]
2018 12th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer
Im Yoon-ah
Nominated [27]
AFA Next Generation Award Won [28]
13th University Film Festival of Korea Best Actress Award Won [29]


  1. ^ "Yoo Hae-jin, Yoona, Hyun Bin to star in action movie". Korea Times. The Korea Times. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Confidential Assignment (2017)". Korean Film Biz Zone. Korean Film Council. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Conran, Pierce. "Hyun Bin Sets COOPERATION as Next Project". Korean Film Biz Zone. Korean Film Council. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Conran, Pierce. "Yoon-a Joins Hyun Bin on COOPERATION". Korean Film Biz Zone. Korean Film Council. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Conran, Pierce. "Hyun Bin Kicks Off COOPERATION Shoot". Korean Film Biz Zone. Korean Film Council. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Conran, Pierce. "COOPERATION with Hyun Bin Wraps Production". Korean Film Biz Zone. Korean Film Council. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Son, Ji-hyoung. "Hyun Bin wraps up filming for 'Cooperation'". K-pop Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Teaser trailer for action film 'Cooperation' starring Hyun Bin unveiled". Yonhap News. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kim Joo-hyuk's Unforgettable On-Screen Appearances | Viu". Viu. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  10. ^ "'The King' opens at No. 1 beating 'Confidential Assignment'". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. January 19, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Yoon, Sang-geun. '공조' 누적관객 400만 돌파..설 연휴만 193만 '더킹' 넘나. Naver (in Korean). Star News. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Jie, Ye-eun. "'Confidential Assignment' surpasses 5m mark". Kpop Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Comedy-action film 'Confidential Assignment' attracts 5 mln viewers". Yonhap News. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "A Taxi Driver' surpasses 8 mln in attendance, becoming most-viewed film this year". Yonhap News Agency. August 15, 2017.
  15. ^ "Confidential Assignment (공조)". CJ Entertainment USA. CJ E&M Corp. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  16. ^ Lee, Hyo-won. "South Korean Film 'Confidential Assignment' Sells to Multiple Territories". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  17. ^ Herald, The Korea (2017-05-04). "'Guardian,' 'The Handmaiden' win big at Baeksang Awards". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  18. ^ 김윤진·장혁부터 도경수까지...한국영화를 빛낸 ★들 [종합] (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  19. ^ "'Confidential Assignment' wins best action award at Fantasia Festival". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  20. ^ ‘[더서울어워즈] '비밀의 숲'·'박열', 대상 수상…반박 불가 ★들의 잔치(종합) 본문듣기 설정 (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  21. ^ '서울어워즈' 송강호·나문희·지성·박보영 주연상…·'박열'·'비숲' 대상[종합]. TV Report (in Korean). October 27, 2017.
  22. ^ 박형식·임시완·윤아·김세정, '더 서울어워즈' 인기상 영예 (in Korean). October 24, 2017.
  23. ^ '대종상영화제' 후보작 공개..'택시' 송강호 男주연상 받을까. Osen News (in Korean). 29 September 2017.
  24. ^ "THE MERCILESS Leads Nominations for 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Youth is Best Picture at MIFF". Saipan Tribune. December 11, 2017.
  26. ^ 제6회 톱스타상, 수상자 절반이 불참...반쪽짜리 시상식 [종합]. Osen (in Korean). December 28, 2017.
  27. ^ "Asian Film Awards 2018 nominations". South China Morning Post. January 11, 2018.
  28. ^ "Asian Film Awards: 'Youth' Wins Top Prize From 'Demon Cat'". Variety. March 17, 2018.
  29. ^

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