Rough Play

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Rough Play
Rough Play poster.jpg
Hangul 배우
Hanja 는 俳優다
Revised Romanization Baeuneun Baeuda
McCune–Reischauer Paenŭn Paeuta
Directed by Shin Yeon-shick
Produced by Kim Ki-duk
Shin Yeon-shick
Written by Kim Ki-duk
Starring Lee Joon
Music by Gu Bon-woong
Cinematography Choi Yong-jin
Edited by Kim Jung-hoon
Distributed by Next Entertainment World
Release date
Running time
113 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$592,021[1]

Rough Play (Hangul배우는 배우다; RRBaeuneun Baeuda; lit. "An Actor Is an Actor") is a 2013 South Korean film about an actor (played by Lee Joon) who becomes a superstar overnight then hits rock bottom. It is written and executive produced by Kim Ki-duk, and directed by Shin Yeon-shick.[2][3][4][5][6] It screened at the 18th Busan International Film Festival, and was released in theaters on October 24, 2013.[7]


Oh Young (Lee Joon) is an intense young actor, full of vigor for his chosen field. He currently performs regularly for a small theater company as well as playing minor roles in movies. A manager named Kim Jang-Ho (Seo Bum-Suk) then spots Oh Young on the filming set of a movie. He sees potential in Oh Young and offers to make him a top actor. After signing his contract, Oh Young's role in the movie is rewritten into a major supporting character. Once the movie is released, Oh Young receives praise for his performance and also becomes a burgeoning celebrity. As his popularity rises, Oh Young's life quickly spirals out of control.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2014 1st Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor Lee Joon Nominated [13]
Best New Actor or Actress Won [14]
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Nominated
23rd Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated


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  2. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (26 September 2013). "SHIN Yeon-shick, Director of ROUGH PLAY". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  3. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (22 January 2013). "Lee Joon's New Movie Cranks Up". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  4. ^ Noh, Jean (23 January 2013). "Kim Ki-duk produces action thriller Rough Play". Screen International. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  5. ^ Conran, Pierce (24 January 2013). "KIM Ki-duk Produced ROUGH PLAY Heading for Theaters". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Director of Rough Play says "Lee Joon is a Godsend!"". KBS Global. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  7. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (10 September 2013). "MBLAQ Lee Joon's New Film Invited to Busan Int'l Film Fest". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  8. ^ Ho, Stewart (2 November 2012). "MBLAQ's Lee Joon in Discussion to Join Director Kim Ki Duk's Next Feature". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (5 November 2012). "Idol singer snapped up by Kim Ki-duk". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  10. ^ Choi, Shin-ae (17 October 2013). "Lee Joon Wants Stars in Need of a Reality Check to Watch His Movie". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  11. ^ "MBLAQ's Lee Joon Sheds Boy Band Image for Tough Guy Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  12. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (23 November 2012). "Kim Hyung Jun Cast for Kim Ki Duk Film Actors are Actors". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  13. ^ "Wildflower Film Awards". 10 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  14. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (4 April 2014). "Lee Joon wins first film award". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 

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