Hide and Seek (2013 film)

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Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek (2013) poster.jpg
Revised RomanizationSumbakkokjil
Directed byHuh Jung
Produced byKim Eui-sung
Kim Mi-hee
Kim Mi-jin
Written byHuh Jung
StarringSon Hyun-joo
Moon Jung-hee
Jeon Mi-seon
Music byJo Yeong-wook
CinematographyKim Il-yeon
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Studio Dream Capture
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release date
  • August 14, 2013 (2013-08-14)
Running time
107 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Budget₩2.5 billion
Box officeUS$35.5 million[1]

Hide and Seek (Korean숨바꼭질; RRSumbakkokjil) is a 2013 South Korean mystery film written and directed by Huh Jung in his feature directorial debut. It revolves around two families who believe strangers to be living in hiding in their homes, and struggle to fight back.[2]

There is a Chinese remake or adaptation of this movie with the same title.[3][4]


Sung-soo is a successful businessman who lives with his wife Min-ji and their children in a luxury apartment. Life is mostly good, except for an older brother from whom he's estranged.

One day, Sung-soo receives a phone call that his brother is missing and goes to his brother's apartment building for the first time in decades to look for him. There, he finds strange symbols carved into every door and meets Joo-hee and her young daughter. Joo-hee is convinced that someone is spying on them and lives in constant fear.

Sung-soo figures out that the symbols carved onto the doors are "hide and seek codes" that indicate gender and number of people. Then when he returns home, he finds similar symbols carved into his door.


Son Hyun-joo --- Sung-soo[5]
Moon Jung-hee --- Joo-hee
Jeon Mi-seon --- Min-ji, Sung-soo's wife
Kim Ji-young --- Pyeong-hwa, Joo-hee's daughter
Jung Joon-won --- Ho-se, Sung-soo' son
Kim Su-an --- Soo-a, Sung-soo's daughter
Kim Won-hae --- Sung-chul
Gi Ju-bong --- Sung-soo's stepfather
Kim Han-Jong --- man in hat
Jo Han-Chul --- Jung-nam
Jo Si-Nae --- Jung-nam's woman
Jung Min-Sung --- Jo Min-hoon
Lee Young-Suk --- homeless man
Lee Ho-Seong --- detective
Kim Bo-Ryoung --- policewoman
Noh Susanna --- Eun-hye
Lee Jun-hyeok --- Eun-hye's boyfriend
Joo Suk-Tae --- ex-detective
Sung Yu-bin --- Sung-chul (child)
Uhm Ji-Sung --- Sung-soo (child)
Ri Min --- head of apartment building management
Son Young-Soon --- Hyang Goo Apartment elderly woman
Kim Ja-Young --- Hyang Goo Apartment convenient store owner
Kim Hye-yoon --- Middle school girl

Box office[edit]

A low-budget (₩2.5 billion) thriller with no high-profile director or stars,[6][7] Hide and Seek was an unexpected hit upon its release on August 14, 2013. It topped the box office on its opening weekend with 1.35 million ticket sales.[8][9] As of December 22, 19 days after its release, the film has reached 5 million admissions.[10][11][12][13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
50th Grand Bell Awards
Best Actress Moon Jung-hee Nominated
Best New Director Huh Jung Nominated
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Actress Moon Jung-hee Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Mi-seon Nominated
Best New Director Huh Jung Nominated
Best Lighting Lee Sung-jae Nominated
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Nominated
33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
Best New Director Huh Jung Won
21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in Film Jeon Mi-seon Won
19th Chunsa Film Art Awards
Best New Director Huh Jung Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor Son Hyun-joo Nominated
Best Actress Moon Jung-hee Nominated
Best New Director Huh Jung Nominated
Best Screenplay Huh Jung Nominated
23rd Buil Film Awards[14]
Best Actor Son Hyun-joo Nominated
Best New Director Huh Jung Nominated
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Nominated
34th Golden Cinema Festival
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Mi-seon Won
Special Jury Prize Moon Jung-hee Won


  1. ^ "Soombakkokjil (Hide and Seek) (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  2. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (2 August 2013). "Hide and Seek: A Father's Life-and-Death Struggle To Protect His Family". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ " ‘Hide and Seek’ Chinese Movie is a Remake of the South Korean Horror Film ". yibada. Retrieved 1st January 2017
  4. ^ "Chinese ‘Hide And Seek’ Shoots for Village Roadshow Asia (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1st January 2017
  5. ^ Jung, Ji-won (27 August 2013). "Veteran actor enjoying new success". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  6. ^ "Drama actors promote new film Hide and Seek". Korea JoongAng Daily. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  7. ^ Lee, Sun-min (27 August 2013). "Hide and Seek stays No. 1 with surprising run". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  8. ^ Lee, Sun-min (20 August 2013). "Hide and Seek pulls upset to lead box office". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  9. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (19 August 2013). "Korean Pic Hide and Seek Thrills the Country". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  10. ^ "Korean Flicks Dominate Domestic Box Office This Summer". The Chosun Ilbo. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  11. ^ "Hide and Seek Races to Box Office Glory". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  12. ^ Conran, Pierce (26 August 2013). "4 Million Viewers Play HIDE AND SEEK". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  13. ^ "Hide and Seek May Set Box Office Record for a Korean Thriller". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  14. ^ Kim, June (6 October 2014). "SHIM Eun-kyung, SONG Kang-ho, HONG Sangsoo and ROARING CURRENTS Win at 23rd Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-10-09.

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