M (2007 film)

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M
Mposter.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul
Revised Romanization Em
McCune–Reischauer Em
Directed by Lee Myung-se
Produced by Oh Su-mi
Written by Lee Myung-se
Lee Hae-kyeong
Jo Jin-guk
Starring Kang Dong-won
Lee Yeon-hee
Gong Hyo-jin
Music by Jo Seong-woo
Choe Yong-rak
Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo
Edited by Ko Im-pyo
Release date
  • October 25, 2007 (2007-10-25)
Running time
109 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$2,929,249[1]

M (Hangul; RREm) is a 2007 South Korean psychological drama film starring Kang Dong-won.[2] The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival,[3] and the final cut had its Korean premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival.[4][5]

Using visual effects, complex dream sequences, and gliding camerawork, director Lee Myung-se describes his film as "a dark labyrinth of dream and reality," and that instead of using computer graphics, he prefers to "capture the fantasy elements through lighting and emotions."[6][7]

Plot[edit]

A prominent up-and-coming author Min-woo readies his new much anticipated follow-up novel while suffering from writer's block, as well as frequent nightmares and hallucinations. This unexplainable condition affects both his personal and professional life. Soon he can't differentiate reality from fantasy and continues to have feelings of being chased. His own paranoia leads him to a café in a dark, unassuming alley and encounters a charming young woman named Mimi. Min-woo starts to wonder how he and this girl in front of him are connected and traces long-forgotten memories of his first love.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2007 Korean Film Awards[8]
  • Best Cinematography – Hong Kyung-pyo
  • Best Art Direction – Yoon Sang-yoon, Yoo Joo-ho
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Director – Lee Myung-se
  • Nomination – Best Editing – Ko Im-pyo
  • Nomination – Best Visual Effects – Jang Seong-ho
  • Nomination – Best New Actress – Lee Yeon-hee
2008 Baeksang Arts Awards
2008 Buil Film Awards
  • Best Art Direction – Yoon Sang-yoon, Yoo Joo-ho
  • Best Lighting – Choi Chul-soo
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actress – Gong Hyo-jin
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Hong Kyung-pyo
2008 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Art Direction – Yoon Sang-yoon, Yoo Joo-ho
  • Nomination – Best Editing – Ko Im-pyo
  • Nomination – Best Visual Effects – Jeong Do-an, Yu Yeong-jae
  • Nomination – Best Sound – Park Jun-oh
2008 Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Hong Kyung-pyo
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Yoon Sang-yoon, Yoo Joo-ho
  • Nomination – Best Lighting – Choi Chul-soo

Adaptation[edit]

Mimi, a four-episode miniseries inspired by the film, aired on Mnet in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box office by Country: M". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (7 November 2007). "More than just a pretty face". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  3. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (13 August 2007). "LEE Myung-se's M in Toronto's Visions Competition". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  4. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (14 September 2007). "LEE Myung-se Finalizes M for Korean Premiere at Pusan". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  5. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (7 October 2007). "M Sets Busan Film Festival on Fire". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  6. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (23 February 2007). "LEE Myung-Se Explores Borders of Beauty and Fear". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  7. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (18 October 2007). "Movie Review: Lee Myeong-se's psychodrama M big on the glitzy visuals". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  8. ^ "M - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2012-06-04.

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