Late Autumn (2010 film)

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Late Autumn
South Korean poster
Revised RomanizationManchu
Directed byKim Tae-yong
Produced byJo Seong-woo
Lee Ju-ik
Written byKim Tae-yong
Based onManchu
by Kim Ji-heon
StarringTang Wei
Hyun Bin
Music byJo Seong-woo[1]
Choi Yong-rak
CinematographyKim Woo-hyung
Edited bySteve M. Choe, Jin Lee
Distributed byBoram Entertainment
North by Northwest Entertainment
Release date
  • September 10, 2010 (2010-09-10) (Toronto)
  • February 17, 2011 (2011-02-17) (South Korea)
Running time
115 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageEnglish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese
Box officeUS$5,929,771[2]

Late Autumn (Korean만추; Hanja晚秋; RRManchu) is a 2010 English-language film directed by Kim Tae-yong.[3][4][5] It stars Tang Wei as Anna, a prisoner who is given a 72 hours parole to visit family in Seattle, and who meets and befriends a South Korean man on-the-run (Hyun Bin).[6][7]

A co-production between South Korea, Hong Kong, China and the United States, it is the fourth remake of the now-lost 1966 Lee Man-hee melodrama classic of the same title.


Washington state, US, the present day.[8] Anna (Tang Wei), an immigrant from China, has been in prison for seven years for the manslaughter of her husband (John Woo), who was jealous over her re-meeting her former boyfriend Wang Jing (Jun-seong Kim). Hearing that her mother has died and her brother John has arranged her bail, Anna is given 72 hours parole to visit her family in Seattle. On the coach she meets a young Korean man, Hoon (Hyun Bin), who borrows US$30 towards a ticket, and he gives her his watch as security, promising to pay her back later. Unknown to Anna, Hoon is a gigolo on the run from powerful businessman Steve (James C. Burns), who wants to kill him for having an affair with his Korean wife, Ok-ja (Jeong So-ra). Hoon meets Anna again in Seattle, and the pair spend time together. The next day he turns up at her mother's funeral, and gets into a fight with Wang at a restaurant afterwards. Anna tells him she has to return to prison on time, but Hoon doesn't give up so easily.[9]



The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.[18] It also screened at the 15th Busan International Film Festival,[19][20][21] the 61st Berlin International Film Festival,[22][23] and the Fribourg International Film Festival.[24] The film was released in Korean theaters on February 17, 2011 and took ₩6.3 billion (US$5.55 million) in the box office.[25][26][27][28]

It became the highest grossing Korean film released in China to date, quickly gathering over 910,000 admissions after its March release, with a total box office take of more than 60 million yuan (₩11 billion or US$9.5 million).[6][29][30][31][32][33][34]


2011 Fribourg International Film Festival[35][36]
2011 Baeksang Arts Awards
2011 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Music: Jo Seong-woo, Choi Yong-rak[39]
2011 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
2011 Busan Film Critics Awards
2012 KOFRA Film Awards


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