Countdown (2011 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Huh Jong-ho
Produced by Oh Jung-wan
Jo Kwang-hee
Written by Huh Jong-ho
Starring Jeon Do-yeon
Jung Jae-young
Cinematography Kim Tae-kyung
Distributed by Sidus FNH
Release date
  • September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) (South Korea)
Running time
119 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget $6 million
Box office $3,168,201[1]

Countdown (Hangul카운트다운; RRKawoonteudawoon) is a 2011 caper film that takes the audience on an entertaining journey through the underbelly of South Korea. Starring two of the country's top actors Jeon Do-yeon and Jung Jae-young,[2] this highly assured debut feature by Huh Jong-ho premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]


Tae Gun-ho (Jung Jae-young) is the best debt collection agent in his firm, admired by his colleagues and dreaded by those he visits. He’s known for gathering his debts by any means necessary and keeps a cattle prod handy while on the job. Following a series of unexpected fainting spells, Tae is told by a doctor that he has liver cancer, and would need a transplant to have any chance of surviving beyond three months. So, Tae Gun-ho puts his professional skills to work, setting out to collect a different sort of debt by tracking down the recipients of organs donated by his late son. First among his sources for a liver is Cha Ha-yeon (Jeon Do-yeon), a beguiling fraudster with a long list of enemies.[4]

Locating Cha turns out to be easy, since she’s about to be released from prison. The deal she proposes, however, which includes getting even with the sleazy crime boss who set her up, jeopardizes Tae’s future. He struggles desperately to keep Cha, and her liver, safe until the transplant — meanwhile Cha has other plans.[4]



  1. ^ "Countdown (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 May 2011). "Jeon Do-youn, Jung Jae-young finish shooting new action flick". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Toronto film festival takes 'Countdown'". Korean Film Biz Zone. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Countdown". Retrieved on 2011-09-08.
  5. ^ "Cannes Winner Jeon Hopes 'Countdown' a Commercial Hit". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Beck, Una (21 October 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actress Jeon Do-youn - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Beck, Una (21 October 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actress Jeon Do-youn - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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