May 18 (film)

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May 18
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Theatrical poster
Hangul 화려한 휴가
Hanja 華麗休暇
Revised Romanization Hwaryeohan hyuga
McCune–Reischauer Hwaryŏhan hyuga
Directed by Kim Ji-hoon
Produced by Yoo In-taek
Park Chang-hyeon
Lee Su-nam
Written by Na Hyun
Starring Kim Sang-kyung
Ahn Sung-ki
Lee Yo-won
Lee Joon-gi
Music by Kim Seong-hyeon
Cinematography Lee Doo-nam
Edited by Wang Sang-ik
Hahm Sung-won
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • July 27, 2007 (2007-07-27)
Running time
118 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$10 million
Box office US$49.3 million[1]

May 18 (Hangul화려한 휴가; RRHwaryeohan hyuga; lit. "Splendid Holiday") is a South Korean film released in 2007.[2][3]


The film is based on the massacre at Gwangju on May 18, 1980. It occurred when General Chun Doo-hwan tried to eliminate any rebels by using military force.

Min-woo leads a relatively peaceful life with his younger brother Jin-woo—until the day the soldiers go on the rampage against the citizens. The citizens form a militia determined to protect their loved ones, and Min-woo finds himself in the middle of it all.


Awards and nominations[edit]

2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards[4]
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Director – Kim Ji-hoon
  • Nomination – Best Actor – Kim Sang-kyung
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Lee Yo-won
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor – Park Chul-min
  • Nomination – Best Screenplay – Na Hyun
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Lee Doo-man
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Park Il-hyun
2007 Korea Movie Star Awards
2007 Korean Film Awards
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor – Park Chul-min
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Park Il-hyun
  • Nomination – Best Visual Effects – Kim Jong-su
  • Nomination – Best Sound – Jang Gwang-su
2008 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Nomination – Best Film
2008 Grand Bell Awards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hwaryeohan Hyuga (May 18) (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (10 July 2007). "May 18 Remembers Heroes of Gwangju". The Korea Times.
  3. ^ Lee, Hoo-nam (11 July 2007). "Director has a mission to remember". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012.
  4. ^ "May 18 – Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2014-02-07.

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