The Outlaws (2017 film)

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The Outlaws
Criminal City (범죄도시).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Hangul 범죄도시
Hanja 犯罪都市
Revised Romanization Beomjoedosi
McCune–Reischauer Pŏmchoe tosi
Directed by Kang Yoon-sung
Produced by Yoo Yeong-chae
Written by Kang Yoon-sung
Starring Ma Dong-seok
Yoon Kye-sang
Cinematography Ju Sung-lim
Kim Yong-seong
Edited by Kim Sun-min
Hwang Eun-ju
Hong Film
B.A. Entertainment
Distributed by Megabox Plus M
Release date
  • October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03) (South Korea)
Running time
121 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$52.8 million[1]

The Outlaws is a 2017 South Korean crime action film directed by Kang Yoon-sung. The film stars Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


Based on real events that occurred in 2007 dubbed the "Heuksapa Incident", the story follows a turf war that grows between a local gang that runs Garibong-dong in Guro District, Seoul and the Heuksapa gang from Yanbian, China;[8] the police are called in to attempt to bring peace to the neighborhood. Jang Chen (Yoon Kye-Sang) came from China and now works as a loan shark in a seedy Chinatown area of Seoul. He's backed up by his bloodthirsty henchmen Wei Sung-Rak (Jin Seon-Kyu) and Yang-Tae (Kim Sung-Kyu). Jang Chen is beyond brutal in his methods to collect money. Meanwhile, Ma Suk-Do (Ma Dong-Seok) is a detective in the Chinatown area of Seoul. He tries to keep the peace, while two Chinese-Korean gangs battle over turf in the neighborhood. Jang Chen makes his move to take over.[9]



A police officer in Seoul's Crime Unit who fears nothing. He is given ten days to put an end to Chinese-Korean gang wars in the Garibong district.
A notorious crime lord, from Harbin, China, leader of Heilungbo(黒龙波, one of chinese mafia) who comes to Garibong to collect debts. He is known for dismembering anyone who puts up a fight.
  • Jo Jae-yoon as President Hwang
  • Choi Gwi-hwa as Chief Jeon


  • Im Hyung-joon as Do Seung-woo
  • Jin Seon-kyu as Wi Seong-rak
  • Hong Ki-joon as Park Byeong-sik
  • Heo Dong-won as Oh Dong-gyoon
  • Song Ha-jun as Kang Hong-seok
  • Kim Seong-gyoo as Yang-tae
  • Park Ji-hwan as Jang I-soo
  • Heo Sung-tae as Serpant
  • Min Kyung-jin as Yeon Gil Restaurant CEO
  • Uhm Ji-sung as Wang-oh
  • Kim Gu-taek as President Kwak
  • Park Sang-gyu as President Won
  • Yoo Ji-yeon as Ahn Hye-kyeong

Special appearances[edit]

  • Cho Jin-woong as Regional investigation unit leader
  • Jung In-gi as Chief of Police
  • Ye Jung-hwa as Airport head
  • Yoon Joo as Kang Hong-seok's fiancée


Principal photography began on February 27, 2017 and ended on July 19, 2017.[10]


The Outlaws opened in South Korea on October 3, 2017. By October 23, it grossed US$36.3 million from more than 5 million admissions.[11] One month after it was released, the film marked 6.05 million admissions, with US$44.1 million gross. By December 1, the film had reached 6.87 million admissions with a gross of US$51.8 million, making it the 3rd highest-grossing domestic film of the year in South Korea and the third best-selling R-rated Korean film of all time.[12][13][14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 37th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Top 10 Films The Outlaws Won [15]
Best New Director Kang Yoon-sung Won
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Director Nominated [16]
Best Technical Achievement-Stunts The Outlaws Nominated
Best Film Editing Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jin Seon-kyu Won
2018 9th Korea Film Reporters Association Film Awards (KOFRA) Won [17]
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Ma Dong-seok Nominated [18][19]
Best Supporting Actor Jin Seon-kyu Nominated
Best New Actor Kim Sung-kyu Nominated
Heo Sung-tae Nominated
Best New Director Kim Yoon-sung Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated [20][21]
Best New Director Won
Best Actor Ma Dong-seok Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jin Seon-kyu Nominated
27th Buil Film Awards Best New Director Kang Yoon-sung Nominated [22]
55th Grand Bell Awards Best New Director Nominated [23]
Best Supporting Actor Jin Seon-kyu Nominated
Best Planning The Outlaws Nominated
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor Jin Seon-kyu Nominated [24]
Best New Actor Kim Sung-kyu Nominated


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  20. ^ "제23회 춘사영화제 5월18일 개최..홍상수·김민희 참석하나". Newsen (in Korean). May 3, 2018.
  21. ^ "[23rd 춘사영화제 종합]'남한산성' 최우수감독상 수상…최희서 11관왕 달성". Herald Corporation (in Korean). May 18, 2018.
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  23. ^ "제55회 대종상, 각 부문 후보 공개…'공작' 12개 최다부문 노미네이트". Seoul Sports (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  24. ^ "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). September 28, 2018.

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