The Pirates (2014 film)

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The Pirates
Hangul 해적: 바다로 간 산적
Revised Romanization Haejeok: Badaro Gan Sanjeok
Directed by Lee Seok-hoon
Produced by Im Young-ho
Chun Sung-il
Written by Chun Sung-il
Choi Yi-young
Starring Son Ye-jin
Kim Nam-gil
Music by Hwang Sang-jun
Cinematography Kim Young-ho
Edited by Lee Jin
Distributed by Lotte Entertainment
Release dates
  • August 6, 2014 (2014-08-06)
Running time
130 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$13 million
Box office US$64.7 million

The Pirates (Hangul: 해적: 바다로 간 산적; RR: Haejeok: Badaro Gan Sanjeok; lit. "Pirates: Bandits Going to the Sea") is a 2014 South Korean period adventure film starring Son Ye-jin and Kim Nam-gil.[1][2]


On the eve of the founding of the Joseon Dynasty, a whale swallows the Ming Emperor's Seal of State being brought to Joseon by envoys from China. With a big reward on whoever brings back the royal seal, mountain bandits led by Jang Sa-jung go out to sea to hunt down the whale. But he soon clashes with Yeo-wol, a female captain of pirates, and unexpected adventure unfolds.[3][4][5]




The Pirates sold 272,858 tickets during its first two days of release, placing second on the box office chart behind The Admiral: Roaring Currents.[11] After 17 days in theaters, it became the third Korean film in 2014 to reach 5 million admissions.[12] At the end of its run, the film reached 8,665,269 admissions, and also grossed US$64.7 million internationally.[13]


Lotte Entertainment pre-sold The Pirates to 15 countries at the 2014 Cannes Film Market.[14][15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
51st Grand Bell Awards[16][17]
Best Actress Son Ye-jin Won
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Hae-jin Won
Best Cinematography Kim Young-ho Nominated
Best Art Direction Kim Ji-a Nominated
Best Costume Design Kwon Yu-jin, Im Seung-hee Nominated
Best Lighting Hwang Soon-wook Nominated
Technical Award (sound) Lee Seung-yup Nominated
15th Busan Film Critics Awards
Best Actor Lee Geung-young Won
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards
Best Film The Pirates Won
Best Director Lee Seok-hoon Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards[18]
Best Director Lee Seok-hoon Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Hae-jin Nominated
Best Art Direction Kim Ji-a Nominated
Technical Award Kang Jong-ik (visual effects) Won
1st Korean Film Producers Association Awards
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Hae-jin Won
Technical Award Kang Jong-ik (visual effects) Won
6th KOFRA Film Awards[19]
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Hae-jin Won
10th Max Movie Awards
Best Actress Son Ye-jin Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Hae-jin Nominated
20th Chunsa Film Art Awards[20]
Technical Award Nominated
9th Asian Film Awards[21]
Best Visual Effects Kang Jong-ik Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards[22]
Best Actress Son Ye-jin Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Hae-jin Won


  1. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (3 July 2014). "Sea-themed movies set to make their maiden voyages". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  2. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (7 July 2014). "Historical films set to cool off summer". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  3. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (3 July 2013). "Kim Nam-gil and Son Ye-jin Cast in New Adventure Pic". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  4. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (5 August 2013). "Period Adventure Film PIRATES Set Sail". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  5. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (11 August 2014). "Laughter on the high seas". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  6. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (5 August 2014). "Pirate's life for Son Ye-jin". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Son Ye-jin Jumps into Action in Pirate-Themed Film". The Chosun Ilbo. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  8. ^ Lee, Sun-min (6 September 2013). "Actor injured during filming". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  9. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (26 July 2014). "Interview: Kim Nam Gil Enjoyed Filming Pirates with Son Ye Jin and f(x)'s Sulli". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  10. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (29 July 2014). "Herald Interview: Kim Nam-gil returns in perfectly tailored role". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  11. ^ "Comedy Pirates Takes on Naval War Hero". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  12. ^ "Comedy-action movie The Pirates tops 5 million viewers". The Korea Herald. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  13. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy; Bloom, David (10 January 2015). "Transformers 4 Tops 2014's 100 Highest-Grossing International Films – Chart". Retrieved 2015-01-10. 
  14. ^ Noh, Jean (22 May 2014). "Lotte pre-sales on The Pirates". Screen International. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  15. ^ Conran, Pierce (23 May 2014). "THE PIRATES to Set Sail in 15 Countries". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  16. ^ Kim, June (12 November 2014). "The 51st Daejong Film Awards Nominations Announced". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  17. ^ Conran, Pierce (24 November 2014). "ROARING CURRENTS Tops 51st Daejong Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  18. ^ Kim, June (18 December 2014). "35th Blue Dragon Awards Names THE ATTORNEY Best Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 
  19. ^ "Han Gong-ju picked as best film of 2014 by Korean film reporters". The Korea Herald. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-27. 
  20. ^ Ma, Kevin (9 March 2015). "Hard Day leads Chunsa Film Art nominations". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  21. ^ Yoon, Ina (4 March 2015). "Korean Films and Artists Nominated for the Asian Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  22. ^ Conran, Pierce (27 May 2015). "CHOI Min-sik and REVIVRE Triumph at 51st Paeksang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 

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