Kim Han-min

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Kim Han-min
Born (1969-11-05) November 5, 1969 (age 50)
EducationDongguk University Graduate School of Film Arts
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1995-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Han-min
McCune–ReischauerKim Hanmin

Kim Han-min (born November 5, 1969) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He directed the feature films Paradise Murdered (2007), Handphone (2009), War of the Arrows (2011), and The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014).


After graduating from Dongguk University's Graduate School of Film Arts, Kim Han-min gained accolades for two of his short films - Sunflower Blues which screened at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival as well as the New York Independent Film Festival; and Three Hungry Brothers which received awards at the Mise-en-scene Genre Film Festival, the Asiana International Short Film Festival, and the Seoul Digital Film Festival.[1]

In 2007 he made his feature directorial debut with the mystery-thriller Paradise Murdered starring Park Hae-il, Park Sol-mi and Sung Ji-ru. A fictionalized account of a murder that took place on a secluded island in the 1980s involving rational and irrational horrors, the film sold over 2 million tickets nationwide.[2] In his second feature, Kim shifted his setting to the big city, with blackmail thriller Handphone (2009) revolving around every urbanite's essential hardware, the cell phone. Starring Uhm Tae-woong and Park Yong-woo, it fell short of both the commercial and critical successes of his first film.[3]

Set during the second Manchu invasion of 1636, Kim's third film War of the Arrows (2011) combined well-choreographed combat sequences and special effects, fast pacing, a tense plot and the thrill of the chase to tell the story of a master archer and his quest to rescue his sister from Qing Dynasty soldiers.[4][5] The period action film unexpectedly drew an audience of 7.46 million, making it the highest grossing Korean film of 2011.[6] It also won recognition at the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards, notably for its lead actors Park Hae-il, Ryu Seung-ryong and Moon Chae-won.[7][8][9][10][11]

Kim's follow-up in 2014 was another period epic, Battle of Myeongryang, Whirlwind Sea (released internationally as The Admiral: Roaring Currents), which depicted the legendary sea battle between 12 vessels of the Korean navy led by the most admired military figure in Korea, General Yi Sun-sin (played by Choi Min-sik), and 330 invading Japanese ships, which are eventually defeated. Given the disparity in numbers, the battle is regarded as one of Yi's most remarkable victories.[12][13] It became the all-time most successful film in South Korean box office history, the first ever to reach 15 million admissions and the first local film to gross more than US$100 million.[14]

To commemorate Yi's 407th birth anniversary in 2015, Kim and Jung Se-kyu co-directed Roaring Currents: The Road of the Admiral, a documentary prequel to The Admiral: Roaring Currents in which cast members of the 2014 film retraced the 450-kilometer path that the admiral walked in preparation for the Battle of Myeongnyang, based on the war diary that Yi wrote.[15]




  1. ^ "Sunflower Blues". IndieStory. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  2. ^ "KIM Han-min". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  3. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 February 2009). "Hand Phone Showcases Top Talent". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  4. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (24 June 2011). "Arrow aims ultimate summer success". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  5. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (4 August 2011). "Arrow aims for new horizons". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  6. ^ Paquet, Darcy (8 January 2012). "South Korean box office in 2011". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  7. ^ Carla, Sunwoo (24 May 2012). "War of the Arrows to target Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  8. ^ Quinn, Paul (16 September 2011). "Kim Han-min Interview". Hangul Celluloid. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  9. ^ Heskins, Andrew (19 September 2011). "LKFF Press Launch and Kim Han-min Q&A". easternKicks. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  10. ^ London, Ian (1 November 2011). "Interview with Kim Han-min, Korean director of War of the Arrows". You Know, I Learned Something Today. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  11. ^ "Kim Han Min talks Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon and more". 27 March 2012. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  12. ^ Conran, Pierce (1 August 2013). "CHOI Min-sik Wraps Naval War Epic BATTLE OF MYEONGRYANG". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  13. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (30 June 2014). "Joseon's war hero back on screen: Choi Min-sik's Roaring Currents retraces 16th century maritime battle against Japan". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  14. ^ "Roaring Currents Most Successful Korean Film of All Time". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  15. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (27 April 2015). "Director retraces pre-war Admiral Yi". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  16. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (23 November 2014). "Roaring Currents takes 4 trophies at Daejong Awards". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-11.

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