Once Upon a Time in Seoul

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Once Upon a Time in Seoul
Once Upon a Time in Seoul poster.jpg
Hangul소년은 울지않는다
Revised RomanizationSonyeoneun Oljianneunda
Directed byBae Hyoung-jun
Produced byLee Eun
Son Seong-moon
Written byHan Ji-hoon
Kim Sang-don
StarringLee Wan
Song Chang-eui
Music byLee Byung-hoon
CinematographyHwang Ki-seok
Edited byPark Kwang-il
Distributed byStudio 2.0
Release date
  • November 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)
Running time
98 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$4 million
Box officeUS$419,587[1]

Once Upon a Time in Seoul (Korean소년은 울지 않는다; RRSonyeoneun Oljianneunda; lit. Boys Don't Cry) is a South Korean drama film starring Lee Wan and Song Chang-eui.[2][3]


1953, the Korean war has ended, but the fight for survival has just begun. Two 18-year-old boys, Tae-ho and Jong-du, live in a camp for orphaned boys, which is more of a concentration camp where everyone suffers from hunger, inhumane treatment and unbearable work conditions. But these two have a dream of a better tomorrow. Tae-ho is the one with wits and brains and Jong-du is the tough street fighter. Together they scheme to steal US Army supplies and recruit other boys to grow their business. But when they start to take business away from the local gangsters, their fight for survival turns into a war.


  • Lee Wan as Jong-du
  • Song Chang-eui as Tae-ho
  • Greena Park as Soon-nam
  • Lee Ki-young as Do-cheol
  • Ahn Gil-kang as Myeong-soo
  • Jung Kyung-ho as Mouse
  • Park Yeong-seo as Deok-bae
  • Kang Yi-seok as Wonder child
  • Cha Seung-yeol as Jae-gook
  • Han Seong-jin as Sang-gook
  • Joo Min-soo as Yeong-nam
  • Eom Min-hyeok as Woo-sik
  • Im Yeong-sik as Sang-il
  • Lee Geon-moon as Yong-goo
  • Kim Geon-ho as Mr. Jang
  • Song Young-chang as Man-gi (cameo)


  1. ^ "Sonyunun Ulji Annunda (Once Upon a Time in Seoul)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  2. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (22 October 2008). "Actors struggle for authenticity in Korean War roles". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  3. ^ Soh, Joon (13 November 2008). "Postwar Pain Made Into Bad Melodrama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09.

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