Hwang Jin Yi (film)

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Hwang Jin Yi
Hwang Jin Yi.jpg
Poster to Hwang Jin Yi (2007)
Directed by Chang Yoon-hyun
Produced by Lee Chun-yeon
Jo Seong-won
Hwang Gyeong-seong
Written by Kim Hyun-jung
Based on Hwangjini
by Hong Seok-jung
Starring Song Hye-kyo
Yoo Ji-tae
Music by Won Il
Cinematography Choi Young-taek
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Distributed by Cine-2000
Release date
  • June 6, 2007 (2007-06-06)
Running time
141 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$7,200,000
Box office US$8,511,147[1]

Hwang Jin Yi (Hangul황진이) is a 2007 South Korean biographical drama film directed by Chang Yoon-hyun. Based on Hong Seok-jung's 2002 novel Hwangjini (which won the Manhae Prize for Literature in 2004), the film is about the life of Hwang Jin-yi, the most famous courtesan (or "gisaeng") in Korean history, starring Song Hye-kyo in the title role.[2][3]


Raised as an aristocrat in 16th century Joseon, an era when class status dictated one's destiny, Hwang Jin-yi discovers a shocking secret about her birth: she was born illegitimate. She therefore belongs to the lower class, and has no recourse but to give up her aristocratic status. Before embarking on the life of a gisaeng, she decides to give up her virginity to a man of her own choosing, and spends her first night with Nomi, a long-time family servant, whom she is aware loves her deeply. As a gisaeng, Jin-yi becomes celebrated for her legendary beauty, wit, and talents in singing, dancing and poetry. But although she is surrounded by an entourage of noblemen showering her with gifts and admiration, she lives a solitary life of tragic isolation. Jin-yi's only solace is the game she and the local governor play on her noble clients, tricking them into exposing their hypocrisies. But when a bandit leader matching Nomi's description is spotted in the region, Jin-yi begins to question the life she endures.


  • Song Hye-kyo - Hwang Jin-yi
  • Yoo Ji-tae - Nomi
  • Ryu Seung-ryong - Hee-yeol
  • Youn Yuh-jung - old woman
  • Oh Tae-kyung - Gwiddongi
  • Jeong Yu-mi - Yi-geum
  • Ye Soo-jung - Hwang Jin-yi's mother
  • Jo Seung-yeon - Byeok Kye-soo
  • Kim Eung-soo - Seo Gyung-deok
  • Kim Boo-seon - Jang-deok
  • Song Min-ji - Mae-hyang
  • Park Cheol-ho - nobleman Hwang
  • Lee Kwang-hee - servant of nobleman Hwang
  • Kim Yoo-jung - young Hwang Jin-yi
  • Lee Hyun-woo - young Nomi
  • Kim Hyun-ah - gisaeng
  • Tae-won - nobleman Kim
  • Park No-shik - Choi Joo-boo
  • Jo Kyung-hoon - public officer
  • Choi Ji-na - Hyun-geum
  • Bae Yong-geun - nobleman
  • Min Bok-gi - Ho-jang
  • Lee Mi-so - Hwang Jin-yi's female servant

Box office[edit]

Hwang Jin Yi was highly anticipated due to the star power of Song Hye-kyo, and many expected the film to be a box office hit. It received 1,270,644 admissions nationwide;[4] however, due to its ₩10 billion budget, it was not enough for the producers to turn a profit.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2007 Chunsa Film Art Awards
  • Best Lighting - Im Jae-young
  • Technical Award - Jung Ku-ho
2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards[6]
  • Best Lighting - Im Jae-young
  • Nomination - Best Actress - Song Hye-kyo
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography - Choi Young-taek
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction - Kim Jin-cheol, Jung Ku-ho
  • Nomination - Technical Award - Jung Ku-ho, Jeong Jeong-eun (Costume Design)
2007 Korean Film Awards
  • Best New Actress - Song Hye-kyo
  • Nomination - Best New Actor - Ryu Seung-ryong
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography - Choi Young-taek
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction - Kim Jin-cheol, Jung Ku-ho
  • Nomination - Best Music - Won Il
2008 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Costume Design - Jeong Jeong-eun
  • Best Music - Won Il
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction - Kim Jin-cheol, Jung Ku-ho
  • Nomination - Best Lighting - Im Jae-young

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hwang Jin Yi (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  2. ^ "Song Hye-kyo Sheds Cute Image for Gisaeng Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  3. ^ Lee, Min-a (17 April 2007). "New Song picked for Hwang Jin Yi". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2007: Box-Office Admission Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  5. ^ "Jeon Ji-hyun Takes a Big-Screen Gamble". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Hwang Jin-Yi - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2013-07-22.

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