Jail Breakers

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Jail Breakers
Jail Breakers.jpg
Jail Breakers poster
Revised Romanization Gwangbokjeol teuksa
McCune–Reischauer Kwangbokchŏl t‘ŭksa
Directed by Kim Sang-jin
Produced by Kang Woo-suk
Written by Park Jung-woo
Music by Sohn Moo-hyun
Cinematography Jeong Kwang-seok
Edited by Ko Im-pyo
Director's Home Pictures
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date
  • November 21, 2002 (2002-11-21)
Running time
120 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$17,797,711[1]

Jail Breakers (Hangul광복절 특사; RRGwangbokjeol teuksa) is a 2002 South Korean comedy film starring Sol Kyung-gu, Cha Seung-won and Song Yoon-ah.[2][3] It was a box office hit with a total of 3,073,919 admissions nationwide, making it the 4th highest grossing Korean film of 2002.[4]


Two long-term prisoners manage to break out of jail by tunneling underneath the prison wall with a spoon. Upon returning to society, they read in the newspaper that they are scheduled to be pardoned under a special amnesty on the very next day. The desperate warden agrees to pretend nothing happened if they can break back into prison unnoticed.



2002 Blue Dragon Film Awards[5]

  • Best Supporting Actress: Song Yoon-ah
  • Best Screenplay: Park Jung-woo

2003 Baeksang Arts Awards

2003 Grand Bell Awards

  • Best Supporting Actress: Song Yoon-ah
  • Best Cinematography: Jeong Kwang-seok


  1. ^ "Gwangbokjeol teuksa (Jail Breakers)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Jail Breakers". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Elley, Derek (2 December 2002). "Review: Jail Breakers". Variety. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 2002". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jail Breakers (No. 815) - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 

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