Happy Killers

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Happy Killers
Theatrical poster
Hangul반가운 살인자
Revised RomanizationBangaun Sarinja
Directed byKim Dong-wook
Produced byKim Hyun-shin
Eo Ji-yeon
Written byKim Dong-wook
Based onHappy Killers
by Seo Mi-ae
StarringKim Dong-wook
Yu Oh-seong
Shim Eun-kyung
Music byLee Hyeong-ju
Gang Hak-seon
CinematographyLee Ki-won
Edited byKim Chang-ju
Steve M. Choe
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • 8 April 2010 (2010-04-08)
Running time
107 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$3,799,385[1]

Happy Killers (Hangul반가운 살인자; RRBangaun Sarinja) is a 2010 South Korean comedy-thriller film.[2] It was adapted from a mystery short story of the same title written by Seo Mi-ae in 2005.[3][4]


Jung-min is the new detective assigned to a neighborhood where a serial killer commits murder every rainy Thursday. Laidback and blundering at his job, Jung-min is actually secretly studying for a civil servant exam to get away from his boss who's always picking on him. Every day, residents protest outside the police station, shouting that the police should make up for the falling apartment prices and catch the murderer. To make matters worse, Jung-min's mother who happens to be the president of the women's association is leading the protest. He vows to catch the killer this time in order to save his dignity as a detective and a son. However, his elaborate plans are upset by the appearance of Young-seok, the neighborhood unemployed bum. Because of the reward for the killer's capture, Young-seok is trying to catch him well, and his natural detective skills lead him to always arrive at the crime scene one step ahead of the police. Furthermore, he criticizes every little thing that Jung-min does and is a royal pain in the neck. Jung-min absolutely cannot let Young-seok solve the case and take away his chance of a lifetime, so a rivalry forms between the two as they both race to catch the killer.[5][6]


  • Kim Dong-wook as Detective Choi Jung-min
  • Yu Oh-seong as Kim Young-seok
  • Shim Eun-kyung as Kim Ha-rin, Young-seok's daughter
  • Kim Eung-soo as Team leader
  • Kim Seon-hyuk as Detective Im
  • Lee Mi-do as Jjookkoomi ("webfoot octopus")
  • Han Seong-sik as Distributor
  • Jin Kyung as Mi-young
  • Lee Jae-gu as Young-seok's friend
  • Lee Yul as Yi-kyung
  • Jeong Jong-yeol as Detective 1
  • Jeong Mi-seong as Detective 2
  • Lee Ho-yeon as Detective 3
  • Shin Jeong-min as Player 1
  • Baek Eun-kyeong as Player 2
  • Lee Soo-jin as Player 3
  • Lee Myeong-ho as Jae-won
  • Kim Ri-ah as First victim
  • Lee Jang-mi as Second victim
  • Kim Mi-yeong as Third victim
  • Jo Kyeong-sook as Small store owner
  • Kwon Oh-jin as Drunkard
  • Tak Seong-eun as Nurse
  • Jeon Seong-ae as Adviser for studying abroad
  • Kim Ji-eun as Homeroom teacher
  • Kim Jeong-sik as Teacher 1
  • Shin Hye-jeong as Teacher 2
  • Oh Ki-hwan as Apartment security guard
  • Kim Kang-woo as Male demonstrator 1
  • Choi In-soo as Male demonstrator 2
  • Kim Mi-joon as Female demonstrator 1
  • Jeong Mi-hye as Female demonstrator 2
  • Kwon Beom-taek as Chief of police
  • Seong Hyeon-joon as Criminal psychologist
  • Son Kyeong-min as Pretty boy in adult entertainment district
  • Heo Haeng-wook as Convenience store worker
  • Kim Tae-hyeong as Delivery worker
  • Ok Ja-yeong as Weather forecaster
  • Ryoo Sang-woo as Scooter man
  • Kim Hyo-je as Airport security worker
  • Oh Yeon-seo as Magazine model
  • Sung Ji-ru as Taxi driver (cameo)
  • Song Ok-sook as Jung-min's mother (cameo)


Shim Eun-kyung received Best New Actress nominations at the 47th Grand Bell Awards in 2010 and the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2011.


  1. ^ "Happy Murderer (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (12 April 2010). "Clash of the Titans topples box office again". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  3. ^ Djuna. "Happy Killers". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  4. ^ 반가운 살인자. Aladin.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  5. ^ Manfred Selzer. "Happy Killers (South Korea, 2010); aka Hello! Murderer - Review". Asian Movie Web. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  6. ^ James Mudge (12 August 2010). "Happy Killers (2010) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. Retrieved 2014-05-28.

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