Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island

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Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island
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Hangul 조선탐정: 사라진 놉의
Hanja 朝鮮探偵: 사라진 놉의 딸
Revised Romanization Joseon myeongtamjeong: Sarajin nobeui ddal
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏn myŏngt'amchŏng: Sarachin nopŭi ttal
Directed by Kim Sok-yun
Produced by Kim Jho Gwangsoo[1]
Lee Sun-mi
Written by Lee Nam-kyu
Kim Su-jin
Starring Kim Myung-min
Oh Dal-su
Lee Yeon-hee
Music by Kim Han-jo
Cinematography Jang Nam-cheol
Edited by Im Sun-kyong
Generation Blue Films[2]
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex[3]
Release date
  • February 11, 2015 (2015-02-11)
Running time
124 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$27.8 million

Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (Hangul조선명탐정: 사라진 놉의 딸; RRJoseon Myeongtamjeong: Sarajin Nobeui Ddal; lit. "Joseon Detective: The Disappearance of the Laborer's Daughter") is a 2015 South Korean period comedy adventure film directed by Kim Sok-yun.[4] It is the sequel to 2011's Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow and is the 9th highest grossing film of 2015.[5][6]

A sequel, titled Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead, was released on February 8, 2018.[7]


Set in Joseon in the year 1795, nobleman, inventor and master sleuth Kim Min and his sidekick Seo-pil investigate a silver counterfeiting ring, which may be linked to the disappearance of hundreds of girls.


Box office[edit]

The film was released on February 11, 2015. It topped the box office on its opening weekend, earning ₩7.58 billion (US$6.90 million) from 960,000 admissions over five days.[10][11] By the end of its theatrical run, it recorded 3,872,025 admissions, grossing US$27,870,580, making it the 9th highest grossing film of 2015.[12]


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  2. ^ Kim, Su-yeon (23 February 2015). "Interview: KIMJHO Kwang-soo, CEO of Generation Blue Films: "I want to create a unique filmography for Generation Blue Films"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  3. ^ Noh, Jean (5 October 2014). "Showbox unwraps Detective K sequel". Screen International. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
  4. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (6 February 2015). "Comedy increases in sequel to detective flick". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-02-10.
  5. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (10 June 2014). "Detective K team returns to set". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  6. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (16 June 2014). "DETECTIVE K: LABORER'S DAUGHTER to Crankin in June". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  7. ^ "Hit period comedy 'Detective K' returns for round 3". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  8. ^ Lee, Ji-young (23 February 2015). "KIM Myung-min of DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LOST ISLAND: "I hope this film series will be remembered by the film industry"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  9. ^ Lee, Seung-mi (12 February 2015). "Lee Yeon-hee addresses criticism of acting skills". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  10. ^ Ma, Kevin (16 February 2015). "Detective K sequel tops Kingsman in South Korea". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  11. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (24 February 2015). "Detective K wins New Year box office contest". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  12. ^ Kuipers, Richard (23 March 2015). "Film Review: Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-05.

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