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Revised Romanization Tong jeung
McCune–Reischauer T‘ong jŭng
Directed by Kwak Kyung-taek
Produced by Lee Ji-seung
Screenplay by Han Soo-ryun
Story by Kang Full
Starring Kwon Sang-woo
Jung Ryeo-won
Music by Kim Jun-seong
Cinematography Hwang Ki-seok
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed by Lotte Entertainment
Release date
  • September 7, 2011 (2011-09-07)
Running time
104 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$4,433,282[1]

Pained (Hangul통증; RRTong jeung; lit. "Pain") is a 2011 South Korean film directed by Kwak Kyung-taek.[2][3][4] Kwak's first feature in three years, it is a romantic melodrama set in Seoul, which is a departure from the director's previous Busan-based masculine thrillers and gangster movies. It is adapted from an original story by popular webtoon artist Kang Full.[5]


Debt collector Nam-soon (Kwon Sang-woo) lost his sense of pain after a traumatic accident during his youth, and now regularly takes beatings for his job. Street vendor Dong-hyun (Jung Ryeo-won) suffers from severe hemophilia, a disorder that impedes the body's ability to stop bleeding. For Dong-hyun, even the most minor of injuries could be deadly. She's left homeless after Nam-soon collects the last of her money, so he decides to take her in. As the two grow closer, Nam-soon suddenly begins to lose his lifelong insensitivity to pain and the hurt of a lifetime washes over him. Together, these two lonely souls learn to hurt and hope again...


  • Kwon Sang-woo – Nam-soon
  • Jung Ryeo-won – Dong-hyun
  • Ma Dong-seok – Bum-no
  • Jang Young-nam – Kye-jung
  • Kim Hyeong-jong – jobless guy
  • Keum Dong-hyun – Young-bae
  • Lee Mi-do – street vendor
  • Mahbub Alam – street vendor
  • Song Bong-geun – bucktooth
  • Oh Joo-hee – Nam-soon's aunt
  • Kang Min-ah – Nam-soon's older sister
  • Kwak Min-seok – newlywed husband
  • Kim Yeon-ah – newlywed wife
  • Kim Jin-goo – grandmother owner
  • Sa-hee – actress
  • Kwon Oh-jin – trader representative
  • Kim Min-joon – male actor (cameo)


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  2. ^ 痛み (2011). (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Pain (aka Pained, 2011) Movie Review". 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Pained (Movie - 2011)". HanCinema. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  5. ^ Lee, Claire (23 November 2012). "Movies based on webtoons flourish". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 

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