Phantom Detective

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Phantom Detective
Phantom Detective (탐정 홍길동).jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byJo Sung-hee
Written byJo Sung-hee
Produced byShin Chang-hwan
StarringLee Je-hoon
Kim Sung-kyun
Go Ara
CinematographyByun Bong-sun
Edited byJung Kye-hyun
Nam Na-yeong
Music byKim Tae-seong
Bidangil Pictures
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • May 4, 2016 (2016-05-04) (South Korea)
Running time
125 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$10.2 million [1]

Phantom Detective (Korean탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을; RRTamjeong Honggildong: Sarajin Maeul; lit. "Detective Hong Gil-Dong: Disappeared Village") is a 2016 South Korean film noir action comedy film directed and written by Jo Sung-hee. Its central protagonist is a modern iteration of the classic Korean folk hero Hong Gildong. It was released in South Korea on May 4, 2016.[2] It was released in U.S. and Canada on 20 May 2016.[3][4]


Hong Gil-Dong (Lee Je-hoon) runs an illegal detective agency with President Hwang (Go Ara). They try to take down evil people following the will of President Hwang's late father. Hong Gil-Dong is able to track virtually anyone down in a day, except for Kim Byeong-Duk (Park Geun-hyung) who has eluded him for more than twenty years. Kim Byeong-Duk is the man who killed Hong Gil-Dong's mother. Hong Gil-Dong's memory begins at the age of 8 when his mother was killed.

Finally, Hong Gil-Dong learns of Kim Byeong-Duk's location and drives there late at night. Right before he arrives, Kim Byeong-Duk is kidnapped and only his granddaughters Dong-Yi (Roh Jeong-eui) and Mal-Soon (Kim Ha-na) are left. Following his urge for revenge, Hong Gil-Dong takes the granddaughters to find their grandfather. Soon, Hong Gil-Dong finds himself up against the ultra dark and powerful Gwangeunhwe organization.



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  2. ^ Doo, Rumy (2 May 2016). "[Herald Review] Korean folk hero meets Sherlock Holmes". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  3. ^ Doo, Rumy (10 May 2016). "'Phantom Detective' to open in U.S., Canada". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  4. ^ Suh-young, Yun (4 May 2016). "'Phantom Detective,' action thriller full of laughs". Korea Times. Retrieved 2016-05-17.

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