The Mimic (film)

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The Mimic
The Mimic - 장산범.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Revised RomanizationJangsanbeom
Directed byHuh Jung
Produced byKim Mi-hee
Written byHuh Jung
StarringYum Jung-ah
Park Hyuk-kwon
Studio Dream Capture
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release date
  • August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17)
Running time
100 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$9.4 million[1]

The Mimic is a 2017 (Hangeul: 장산범, tr. Jangsanbeom) South Korean horror-thriller film written and directed by Huh Jung, and starring Yum Jung-ah and Park Hyuk-kwon. It was released on August 17, 2017.[2][3]


A woman whose son is missing takes in a young girl she finds near Mt. Jang – a mysterious mountain where there appears to have existed a mythical creature which mimics the voices of humans.




  • Heo Jin as Soon-ja
  • Shin Rin-ah as Girl
  • Bang Yu-seol as Joon-hee
  • Lee Jun-hyeok as Middle-aged man
  • Gil Hae-yeon as Kim Moo-nyeo
  • Lee Yool as Detective Kim
  • Lee Ju-won as Jeong-soo
  • Park Soo-yeong as Min-ji
  • Noh Susanna as Constable Min
  • Jung Ji-hoon as Joon-seo
  • Lee Chae-eun as Hyo-jeong
  • Hwang Jae-won as Hyo-min
  • Jang Liu as Ji-hye
  • Jeon Hyeon-ah as Director Kim
  • Lee Ja-ryeong as Woman
  • Lee Dal as Police officer
  • Joo Ji-hoon as Shabby boy
  • Lee Sang-ok as Music therapist
  • Lee Seong-bae as Veterinarian

Special appearances[edit]

  • Im Jong-yun as Detective Park
  • Lee Jang-won as Jangsan tiger (voice)
  • Jung Joon-won as Soon-ja's older brother (voice)
  • Kim Su-an as Soon-ja's older sister (voice)
  • Jo Hyeon-im as Girl's mom (voice)


The plot is inspired by the South Korean urban legend of the Jangsan Tiger, a man-eating creature that roams around Jangsan, a mountain in the city of Busan. It is rumored to have sharp teeth and white fur and moves swiftly through mountains and lures people by making a sound that resembles a woman's wail.[4]


The Mimic was released in South Korean cinemas on August 17, 2017.[5][6][7] By August 26, the 10th day of its release, the film earned a total of US$$7.3 million from 1,035,308 admissions. It became the first South Korean horror film to have accrued more than a million viewers in four years, since 2013's Killer Toon.[8]

According to The Mimic's distributor Next Entertainment World, the film was sold to 122 countries including South America, North America, Malaysia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Philippines prior to the local release.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
1st The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor Park Hyuk-kwon Nominated
54th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Yum Jung-ah Nominated [10]
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Technical Award Kim Seok-won & Moon Cheol-woo (Sound effects) Nominated
2018 27th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Yum Jung-ah Nominated [11]


  1. ^ "The Mimic (2017)".
  2. ^ "장산범".
  3. ^ "Daum<장산범>".
  4. ^ "Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Korean Horror Film 'The Mimic'". 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ Kim Bo-ra (2017-08-01). "[화보] '장산범' 염정아X박혁권, 오싹하게 만든 스릴러 커플" (in Korean). Korea Daily. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ Choi Seong-hee (2017-08-01). ""Even if you look at your eyes..." 'Jangsanbum' still cut movie" (in Korean). Insight. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ Hyo Jin (2017-08-01). "'장산범' 콜라보 웹툰, 1000만 뷰 눈 앞...'무빙툰'도 공개" (in Korean). Biz Enter. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  8. ^ 김희선 (27 August 2017). "'장산범' 관객 100만 돌파…"한국 공포영화 4년만의 기록"".
  9. ^ "S. Korean Horror Film "The Mimic" Sold in 122 Countries". KBS World Radio. 2017-07-06.
  10. ^ "[23회 부산국제영화제] 부일영화상". (in Korean). 20 September 2018.
  11. ^ "[23회 부산국제영화제] 부일영화상". (in Korean). 20 September 2018.

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