The Big Swindle

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The Big Swindle
The Big Swindle.jpg
The Big Swindle poster
Revised Romanization Beomjoi-eui jaeguseong
McCune–Reischauer Pŏmjoe-ŭi chaekusŏng
Directed by Choi Dong-hoon
Produced by Lee Seok-won
Written by Choi Dong-hoon
Starring Park Shin-yang
Yum Jung-ah
Baek Yoon-sik
Music by Han Jae-kwon
Cinematography Choi Young-hwan
Edited by Shin Min-kyung
Distributed by Showbox
Release date
  • April 16, 2004 (2004-04-16)
Running time
116 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$3,500,000

The Big Swindle is a 2004 heist film written and directed by Choi Dong-hoon. It follows a group of four con men, one con woman, and one forger in a complex set of plots and counterplots against individual marks, against the Bank of Korea, against the police, and against each other.


Choi Chang-hyeok (Park Shin-yang) is driving in his car, when he suddenly finds himself followed by the police. In a nice car chase he tries to get away, but as his car emerges from a tunnel it goes over the side, down a cliff and he is killed in the burning wreck.

The reason he tried to get away, is that he had just left the Bank of Korea, where he was part of a scam, that got him and his four accomplices the neat sum of 5 billion won. He died, one of his accomplices was caught, and the other three disappeared – and so did all the money.

Eol-mae (Lee Moon-sik) was the one caught by the police, and they try to get him to talk and reveal the scam and his accomplices. In flashbacks we see how the plan was hatched, and get to know the criminals.

The police tries to find out more about the killed Chang-hyeok, and find his brother, who is the owner of a used book store. He has been at odds with his deceased brother, but now gets a big life insurance.

This interests Seo In-kyeong (Yum Jung-ah) very much. She has been living with Mr. Kim (Baek Yoon-sik), who is a veteran con-artist and the money-man in the scam. In-kyeong got to know Chang-hyeok – and now wants to get to know his brother.

Awards and nominations[edit]

2004 Busan Film Critics Awards[1]
2004 Grand Bell Awards
2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress – Yum Jung-ah
  • Best Screenplay – Choi Dong-hoon
  • Best New Director – Choi Dong-hoon
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Actor – Park Shin-yang
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor – Baek Yoon-sik
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Lee Min-bok
  • Nomination – Best Visual Effects – Kim Tae-hun
2004 Korean Film Awards
2004 Director's Cut Awards


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