Small Town Rivals

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Small Town Rivals
Small Town Rivals film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Yijang-gwa gunsu
McCune–Reischauer Yichanggwa kunsu
Directed by Jang Jyu-sung
Produced by Kim Mi-hee
Cha Seung-jae
Im Chung-ryeol
Yun Sang-o
Written by Jang Jyu-sung
Starring Cha Seung-won
Yoo Hae-jin
Byun Hee-bong
Music by Choi Seung-hyun
Cinematography Kim Yun-soo
Edited by Ko Im-pyo
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release dates
  • March 29, 2007 (2007-03-29)
Running time
113 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$8,095,062

Small Town Rivals (Hangul이장과 군수; RRYijang-gwa gunsu) is a 2007 South Korean film.


Cho Chun-sam and Noh Dae-gyu, now both in their thirties, are old friends who went to the same elementary school. In their school days, Chun-sam was always the ambitious class president, while Dae-gyu had to settle for a role as vice president. Twenty years later their roles are reversed: Chun-sam is now a humble farmer who has assumed the post of village chief in his hometown, while Dae-gyu is the newly elected county magistrate. At first, Chun-sam asks his old friend for favours regarding the development of his village, but these requests are turned down. Later, when Dae-gyu proposes building a nuclear waste disposal facility in the county, Chun-sam leads demonstrations against the plan, turning old friends into bitter rivals.



Small Town Rivals was released in South Korea on March 29, 2007,[1] and topped the box office on its opening weekend with 440,516 admissions.[2] The film went on to receive a total of 1,269,142 admissions nationwide,[1] with a gross (as of May 27, 2007) of US$8,095,062.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Yang Sung-jin of The Korea Herald was critical of the film's blend of comedy and politics, saying, "Director Jang has incorporated a political satire into the film, weakening its already fragile comic underpinnings."[4] Kim Tae-jong of The Korea Times made similar comments, saying, "the funny moments often sidetrack from the storyline and do not successfully intermingle with the heavy sarcasm placed on political issues", but also noted, "The two actors deliver impeccable performances of the slapstick variety in the wacky situations they act in."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Box-Office Admission Results" (2007). Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Korean Box Office" (Week-end 2007.03.30 ~ 2007.04.01). Hancinema. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  3. ^ "South Korea Box Office May 21–27, 2007". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  4. ^ Yang Sung-jin. "[MOVIE REVIEW] Small Town Rivals puts comic twist on friendship". Hancinema, 22 March 2007; originally published by The Korea Herald. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  5. ^ Kim Tae-jong. "'Rivals' Is Funny With Clumsy Story". Hancinema, 29 March 2007; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved 5 December 2008.

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