Take Off (film)

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For the 1979 Soviet drama film, see Takeoff (film).
Take Off
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Revised Romanization Gukgadaepyo
McCune–Reischauer Kukkataep‘yo
Directed by Kim Yong-hwa
Produced by Park Mu-seung
Bang Chu-sung
Written by Kim Yong-hwa
Starring Ha Jung-woo
Kim Dong-wook
Kim Ji-seok
Choi Jae-hwan
Lee Jae-eung
Sung Dong-il
Music by Lee Jae-hak
Cinematography Park Hyun-cheol
Edited by Park Gok-ji
Jeong Jin-hui
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release dates
  • July 30, 2009 (2009-07-30)
Running time
137 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$52,141,043[1]

Take Off (Hangul: 국가대표; RR: Gukgadaepyo, literally "National Representative" or "National Athlete" or "National Team") is a 2009 South Korean film written and directed by Kim Yong-hwa.[2] The film was the 2nd most attended film of the year in South Korea with 8,392,953 admissions.[3]


Cha Heon-tae, a Korean-born American, was adopted with his sister to American parents. He appears on a Korean television program in search of his mother. Since Heon-tae is a trained alpine skier, he is approached by Coach Bang who wants to recruit members for a new national ski jumping team for the approaching 1998 Winter Olympics. The other members are Choi Hong-cheol, a night club waiter; Ma Jae-bok, who works at a meat restaurant and has a strict father; and Kang Chil-gu, who lives with his grandmother and autistic brother Bong-gu. All are good skiers, but are out of practice. To gear up for the qualifying match at the World Cup, they overcome their fear and train in unusual places, such as from the top of cars, amusement park roller coasters, etc. After almost getting disqualified because of a fight the night before, they succeed in qualifying at the World Cup. But the victory is bittersweet once they hear the IOC opted for Salt Lake City over Korea's Muju County. Unfortunately, because of deep fog, Chil-gu injures his leg and becomes unable to compete. Bong-gu decides to jump as a substitute but does not make the required distance for a gold medal and nearly loses his life. Despite their loss, the athletes rejoice because Bong-gu survived the jump, and the Koreans back home are proud of them.


  • Ha Jung-woo - Cha Heon-tae/Bob
  • Kim Dong-wook - Choi Hong-cheol
  • Kim Ji-seok - Kang Chil-gu
  • Choi Jae-hwan - Ma Jae-bok
  • Lee Jae-eung - Ma Bong-gu
  • Sung Dong-il - Coach Bang
  • Lee Eun-sung - Su-yeon
  • Lee Hye-sook - Bob's birth mother
  • Lee Se-rang - Middle-aged woman from Yeonbyun, China
  • Juni - Young woman from Yanbian, China
  • Lee Han-wi - Company president Ma
  • Kim Yong-gun - Chairman of the organizing committee
  • Hwang Ha-na - Ji-eun (Bob's younger sister)
  • Seo Min-yi - 3 year old Ji-eun
  • Kim Ji-young - Bong-gu's grandmother
  • Oh Kwang-rok - Pharmacist
  • Kim Su-ro - Loan shark boss
  • Jo Seok-hyeon - Employee at Military Manpower Administration
  • Park Seong-taek - Japanese broadcaster
  • Kim Sung-joo - Korean broadcaster
  • Cho Jin-woong - Korean broadcaster 2
  • Lee Seol-ah - Hye-ra
  • Jung Min-sung - Classifieds journalist


Korea is new to the venue of ski jumping, and there were only five members of the national team, so this event is not well known to the Korean people. Film director Kim Yong-hwa made this movie to introduce the ski jumping event to Koreans, in order to pique their interest and therefore improve national support for the event. In order to do that, he cast top actor Ha Jung-woo. Kim also introduced the background on the players and the environment in which they practiced. This was the first Olympics in which the Korean ski jump team competed, so they did not receive much financing. Therefore, they had to practice in a bad training area. Despite this, they managed to attend the Olympics.[4]


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