Jealousy Is My Middle Name

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Jealousy Is My Middle Name
Jealousy is my Middle Name movie poster.jpg
Poster for "Jealousy is My Middle Name"
Hanja 는 나의 힘
Revised Romanization Jiltuneun naui him
McCune–Reischauer Chilt‘unŭn naŭi him
Directed by Park Chan-ok
Produced by Shin Chang-il
Peter Kim
Written by Park Chan-ok
Starring Park Hae-il
Bae Jong-ok
Moon Sung-keun
Seo Young-hee
Music by Jeong Hun-yeong
Cinematography Park Yong-su
Edited by Kwon Ki-suk
Release date
  • April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18)
Running time
124 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Jealousy Is My Middle Name (Hangul질투는 나의 힘; RRJiltuneun naui him) is a 2003 South Korean film. It won Best Film honors at the Busan International Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival and was the directorial debut of Park Chan-ok.[1][2] It was inspired by the poem of the same name by Ki Hyung-do.


Quiet, intelligent, solemn and recently dumped by his girlfriend, graduate student Lee Weon-san (Park Hae-il) takes a job at a literary magazine, ostensibly to supplement his income, but really to get close to the editor - the reason he’s now single. The editor (Moon Sung-keun), unaware of who Lee is, takes a shine to him and makes him his personal assistant. He likes having him around as he’s the only person he feels comfortable with, which means he often takes advantage of Lee’s passive nature, making him run errands for him all over town.

The fiercely independent Lee, however, works without complaint, having started a new relationship with part-time photographer/part-time vet Park Seong-yeon (Bae Jong-ok). When she takes a full-time job at the magazine, however, Lee pleads with her not to get involved with the editor, a plea that goes unheeded and sets Lee thinking once again about vengeance. It’s here that the film really starts to veer from the conventional path.

Awards and nominations[edit]

2002 Busan International Film Festival[3]
  • New Currents Award
2003 International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Tiger Award
2003 Busan Film Critics Awards
2003 Chunsa Film Art Awards
2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards
2003 Korean Film Awards
2003 Director's Cut Awards


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