Kundo: Age of the Rampant

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Kundo: Age of the Rampant
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Hangul군도: 민란 시대
Hanja群盜: 민란의 時代
Revised RomanizationGundo: Min-ran-eui Si-dae
McCune–ReischauerKundo: Min-ran-eui Si-dae
Directed byYoon Jong-bin
Produced byYoon Jong-bin
Yoo Jeong-hun
Written byJeon Cheol-hong
Story byYoon Jong-bin
StarringHa Jung-woo
Gang Dong-won
Music byJo Yeong-wook
CinematographyChoi Chan-min
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed byShowbox/Mediaplex
Release date
  • July 23, 2014 (2014-07-23)
Running time
137 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$7 million

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (Korean군도: 민란의 시대; RRGundo: Min-ran-eui Si-dae) is a 2014 South Korean period action film starring Ha Jung-woo and Gang Dong-won, and directed by Yoon Jong-bin.[1][2][3][4][5] Set in mid-19th century Joseon, it is about a power struggle between the unjust wealthy noblemen who run society and a group of righteous outlaws who steal from corrupt officials to give to the downtrodden and starving.[6][7][8][9][10]


The year is 1862. The late Joseon dynasty was a period of social and economic unrest in Korea, and it was also a time of great tyranny. Due to continuous natural disasters and poor harvests, poverty, hunger and death are rampant. The aristocracy rule the country and, concerned only with their own wealth, they exploit and persecute the poor.

In these turbulent times, a band of fighters named Kundo rise against the authorities. They raid corrupt officials, then share their loot with the vulnerable and impoverished. While the king stands powerless against them, Kundo becomes a figure of fear to undeserving nobles, and a ray of hope in the lives of long-suffering citizens. The members of Kundo believe that their cause is more important than their own lives.

In an era when one's status is decided by birth, Dolmuchi was born to a poor butcher, while Jo Yoon, though born into a powerful and wealthy family, is illegitimate. The two men strike a dangerous deal and Dolmuchi loses his mother and sister as a result. He is trampled by Jo Yoon who commands absolute power in his oppressive world. Bringing together the men who are on the fringes of this dark society, Dolmuchi is accepted as a member of Kundo and opens his eyes to the world. Reborn under the new name "Dolchi," he draws his sword out of its sheath and disperses the shadow cast on the poor and helpless. Then before him, the man who took away his family appears. Standing in front of Jo Yoon, Dolchi challenges his arch-enemy to a final duel.[11][12][13][14]


  • Ha Jung-woo as Dolmuchi/Dolchi, a former butcher (the lowest class in the Joseon Dynasty) who joins a makeshift band of outlaws to avenge the death of his family.
  • Gang Dong-won as Jo Yoon, a nobleman's son who is gifted in martial arts, but twisted by the fact that he was born to a concubine and thus is unacknowledged by his father and has no rights in the family or Joseon society.
  • Lee Geung-young as Ttaeng-choo, mood-maker of the band
  • Lee Sung-min as Dae-ho, leader of the band
  • Cho Jin-woong as Lee Tae-ki, a thief who used to be an aristocrat
  • Ma Dong-seok as Tianbao
  • Yoon Ji-hye as Ma-hyang
  • Joo Jin-mo as Song Young-gil
  • Song Young-chang as Jo Won-sook
  • Jung Man-sik as Butler Yang
  • Kim Byeong-ok as Toposa
  • Kim Jong-gu as Choi Hyun-ki
  • Kim Sung-kyun as Jang
  • Kang Hyun-joong as Park
  • Kim Jae-young as Geum-san
  • Im Hyeon-seong as Yeom-tong
  • Woo Jeong-guk as Citizen 1
  • Choe Yeong-do as Citizen 2
  • Park Myung-shin as Choi's wife
  • Cho Seon-mook as Foreigner
  • Kim Sam-il as Jang's father
  • Noh Gang-min as young Lee
  • Eom Ji-seong as Joong-man-yi
  • Nam Da-reum as young Jo Yoon
  • Jang Woo-jin as Warehouse constable 1
  • Park Song-taek as Warehouse constable 2
  • Yeon Jun-won as Kundo 1
  • Eom Ji-man as Kundo 2
  • Kim Tae-su as Jo Yoon's slave 1
  • Yoon Kyeong-ho as Jo Yoon's slave 2
  • Ri Min as Tribute government official
  • Heo Ji-hye as Former gisaeng
  • Jeon Seong-ae as Former midwife
  • Jeong Dae-yong as Oksa elder
  • Kim Hae-sook as Dolmuchi's mother
  • Han Ye-ri as Gok-ji

Box office[edit]

Kundo: Age of the Rampant drew 551,848 viewers on its first day in theaters on July 23, 2014, grossing ₩4.08 billion (or US$3.997 million). This was the all-time highest opening day box office in South Korea, for both a foreign and domestic film, breaking previous records set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and Secretly, Greatly (2013) (Kundo's record would shortly be broken eight days later by The Admiral: Roaring Currents.[15][16][17] It reached 3.1 million viewers in five days.[18][19][20][21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
23rd Buil Film Awards[22]
Best Supporting Actress Yoon Ji-hye Nominated
Best Cinematography Choi Chan-min Nominated
Best Art Direction Park Il-hyun Nominated
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Won
34th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[23]
Best Cinematography Choi Chan-min Won
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Won
51st Grand Bell Awards[24][25]
Best Actor Gang Dong-won Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Yoon Ji-hye Nominated
Best Art Direction Park Il-hyun Nominated
Best Costume Design Jo Sang-gyeong Won
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Nominated
Technical Award (visual effects) Lee Jeon-hyeong, Jo Yong-seok Nominated
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Film Jung Man-sik Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards[26][27]
Best Supporting Actor Lee Sung-min Nominated
Best Cinematography Choi Chan-min Won
Best Lighting Yu Yeong-jong Won
Best Art Direction Park Il-hyun Nominated
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Won
Technical Award (martial arts) Jung Doo-hong, Kang Young-mook Nominated
1st Korean Film Producers Association Awards
Best Supporting Actress Yoon Ji-hye Won
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Won
20th Chunsa Film Art Awards
Best Actor Ha Jung-woo Won


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  22. ^ Kim, June (6 October 2014). "SHIM Eun-kyung, SONG Kang-ho, HONG Sangsoo and ROARING CURRENTS Win at 23rd Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
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