My Father

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My Father
My Father (2007).jpg
Poster for My Father (2007)
Revised Romanization Mai padeo
McCune–Reischauer Mai p‘adŏ
Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk
Produced by Seok Myeong-hong
Choe Yun
Written by Hwang Dong-hyuk
Starring Kim Yeong-cheol
Daniel Henney
Music by Gang Ho-jeong
Cinematography Choe Hyeon-gi
Edited by Lee Sang-min
Hahm Sung-won
Distributed by Cineline II Co. Ltd.
Release date
  • September 6, 2007 (2007-09-06)
Running time
109 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$6.1 million[1]

My Father (Hangul마이 파더; RRMai Padeo) is a 2007 South Korean film. The film, which is based on a true story, is about an adopted son who is searching for his biological parents in South Korea. During his search he meets his real father, a condemned murderer on death row. Daniel Henney plays the lead role of James, who works as a volunteer in the United States armed forces in Korea. He asks questions of why his father is on death row and finds out things that he always wanted to know. Then he finds more and more truths unravel about his father and his life.[2][3]

The release of the film inspired controversy because the family of the father's victims did not support its production. In its first week on release it topped the South Korean box office sales charts.[4]

The adopted son on whom the story is based is Aaron Bates, a licensed insurance broker for his family's insurance brokerage, Insurance Services of America. He lives and works in Arizona with his wife and two sons.[5]



  1. ^ "My Father (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (6 September 2007). "'Father' Paints Many Faces of Family Love". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  3. ^ McKinney, Evan (29 September 2007). "My Father (2007) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Daniel Henney and the Real Man Behind His Role in Interview". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  5. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (9 September 2007). "Inspiration of 'My Father' Speaks About Family, Love". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 

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