Juvenile Offender

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Juvenile Offender
Juvenile Offender poster.jpg
Hangul 범죄소년
Revised Romanization Beomjoe Sonyeon
McCune–Reischauer Pŏmjoe Sonyŏn
Directed by Kang Yi-kwan
Produced by Hyeon Byeong-cheol
Written by Park Joo-young
Kang Yi-kwan
Starring Lee Jung-hyun
Seo Young-joo
Music by Kang Min-guk
Cinematography Byun Bong-sun
Edited by Park Yu-gyeong
Distributed by Finecut
Release date
  • November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22)
Running time
107 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office ₩81,988,800

Juvenile Offender (Hangul범죄소년; RRBeomjoe Sonyeon; lit. "Crime Boys") is a 2012 South Korean film about a teenage criminal who reunites with his mother who gave him up at birth.[1][2]

It won the Special Jury Prize at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival, and Best Actor for Seo Young-joo.[3][4][5][6] It was also awarded the Lino Brocka Grand Prize and Best Actor at the 14th Cinemanila International Film Festival[7][8][9] as well as Best Children's Feature Film at the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[10]

The film was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[11] but it was not nominated.


Ji-gu is a 16-year-old juvenile offender under probation who lives with his only known relative - his grandfather who is sick in bed all the time with severe diabetic complications. To Ji-gu, home is only a place that stinks with sickness and school, a place to hang out. His only interest in life is his sweet new girlfriend Sae-rom. One day, he gets caught after committing burglary with the neighborhood big boys. And without a parent to plead for him, the judge sentences Ji-gu to the juvenile reformatory while others get lighter penalties.

Eleven months later, Ji-gu is informed that his grandfather has died. After the funeral, his teacher tracks down Ji-gu’s mom, who Ji-gu thought was dead but in fact had run away from home after giving birth to Ji-gu at age 17. Ji-gu is simply shocked to realize that he has a mother. But after he gets discharged from the juvenile reformatory, he and his young mother try to make up for their time lost. Ji-gu starts off living together with his mother with high expectations, but he soon realizes that his mother is much too young just like himself and he comes to understand why she had to leave him right after giving birth. But when Ji-gu falls into a similar situation with his girlfriend, his mother who he thought would understand is appalled at the news which creates a conflict between the two.[12]


Awards and nominations[edit]

2012 25th Tokyo International Film Festival

2012 14th Cinemanila International Film Festival

2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards

2013 22nd Buil Film Awards

  • Nomination - Best New Actor - Seo Young-joo
  • Nomination - Best New Director - Kang Yi-kwan

2013 7th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2013 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (30 November 2012). "KANG Yi-kwan, Director of JUVENILE OFFENDER: Social Problems Still Exist". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  2. ^ Paquet, Darcy (2 November 2012). "In Focus: JUVENILE OFFENDER". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ "'Juvenile Offender' to Compete at Tokyo Int'l Film Festival". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  4. ^ Kim, Hyun-min (29 October 2012). "Juvenile Offender Wins 2 Awards in Tokyo". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  5. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (29 October 2012). ""Juvenile Offender" Grabs 2 Awards at Tokyo Int'l Film Fest". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  6. ^ Lee, Claire (26 November 2012). "'Juvenile Offender' invited to international film fests". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Cinemanila announces this year's winners". Cinemanila.org. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  8. ^ Cremin, Stephen (9 December 2012). "Offender pleases Cinemanila". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  9. ^ Conran, Pierce (13 December 2012). "Cinemanila Takes a Shine to JUVENILE OFFENDER". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  10. ^ "Asia Pacific Screen Awards announced in Australia". Australia Network News. 13 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Frater, Patrick (1 September 2013). "Korea picks Juvenile Offender as Oscars hopeful". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  12. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Juvenile Offender". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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