Pandora (2016 film)

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Pandora - 판도라.jpg
International poster
Revised RomanizationPandora
Directed byPark Jung-woo
Produced byKim Chul-yong
Park Kyung-sook
Written byPark Jung-woo
StarringKim Nam-gil
Music byJo Yeong-wook
CinematographyChoi Young-hwan
Edited byPark Gok-ji
CAC Entertainment
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release date
  • December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)
Running time
136 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Budget₩530 million
(US$477,000) (est.)[1]
Box officeUS$32 million[2]

Pandora (Hangul판도라; RRPandora) is a 2016 South Korean disaster film written and directed by Park Jung-woo, starring Kim Nam-Gil. The film was released in South Korea on December 7, 2016.[3]


Jae-hyeok lives with his mother, his sister-in-law and nephew Min-jae in a small Korean town. He is dating a woman named Yeon-joo, while working at the local nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Pyeong-seok works at the same plant. He is worried about the conditions there, but nobody in the government listens to him. An earthquake strikes the small town where Jae-hyeok lives and causes explosions at the plant. The situation quickly spirals out of control, leading the entire nation to panic. To prevent another nuclear disaster, Jae-hyeok and his co-workers return to the nuclear power plant.



Pandora is the first Korean film that has been pre-sold to Netflix. In November 2016, three weeks before the theatrical release, the company acquired exclusive international rights for streaming Pandora in 190 countries.[4] [5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2017 11th Asian Film Awards Best Production Designer Kang Seung-yong Nominated
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actress Kim Ju-hyeon Nominated
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (film) Kim Nam-gil Nominated
54th Grand Bell Awards Best Film Pandora Nominated
Best Director Park Jung-woo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Young-ae Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jung Jin-young Nominated
Best Art Direction Kang Seung-yong Nominated
Best Lighting Kim Ho-seong Nominated
Best Cinematography Choi Young-hwan Nominated
Best Editing Park Gok-ji Nominated
Technical Award Pandora Nominated
Best Planning Pandora Nominated


  1. ^ "Trailer for disaster film 'Pandora' unveiled". Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  2. ^ "Pandora (2016)". Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  3. ^ "Disaster movie 'Pandora' rings true more than ever". Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  4. ^ Lee Hyo-won. "Netflix Buys Exclusive Distribution Rights for South Korean Film Pandora; Hollywoodreporter". Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  5. ^ Sonia Kil. "‘Pandora’: Netflix Acquires Global Rights to South Korean Film | Variety". Retrieved 2017-02-18.

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