The Scent

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The Scent
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Hanja 을 기다리는
Revised Romanization Gantongeul Gidarineun Namja
McCune–Reischauer Kant'ongŭl Kidarinŭn Namcha
Directed by Kim Hyeong-jun
Produced by Choi Jun-yeong
Lee Min-ho
Written by Hwang Seong-gu
Kim Hyeong-jun
Starring Park Hee-soon
Park Si-yeon
Music by Yuta
Cinematography Choi Young-taek
Yun Tae-gi
Edited by Kim Sun-min
Distributed by Showbox
Release date
  • April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11)
Running time
117 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$8.2 million[1]

The Scent (Hangul간통을 기다리는 남자; RRGantongeul Gidarineun Namja; MRKant'ongŭl Kidarinŭn Namcha; lit. "Man Who Waits for Adultery"; also shortened to Hangul간기남; RRGan-gi-nam) is a 2012 South Korean comedy-thriller film starring Park Hee-soon and Park Si-yeon.[2][3]

Kang Seon-woo is a detective specializing in adultery cases. One day, he investigates the scene of an incident only to find two dead bodies. The only witness is Kim Soo-jin, the dead man's wife. Seon-woo inadvertently become a primary suspect and struggles to prove his innocence.[4]


For the past two years, while on suspension for adultery with a police chief's wife, detective Kang Seon-woo (Park Hee-soon), has been running a private-eye agency specializing in adultery cases. He's also being sued for divorce by his wife, Hye-young (Cha Soo-yeon). A couple of days before resuming his old job, Seon-u accepts a case from a woman, Kim Soo-jin (Yoon Jae), who wears a particularly alluring perfume. She says her husband, casino billionaire Nam Yeong-gil (Jo Won-hee), is conducting an affair with another woman at a love hotel in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, outside Seoul. Seon-woo checks into an adjoining room in the unmanned hotel and is met there by Soo-jin. Instead of immediately surprising the lovers, Soo-jin invites Seon-woo to a drink and seduces him. Seon-woo wakes up next to her dead body, and in the next room finds the husband also dead. The woman there says her name is also Kim Soo-jin (Park Si-yeon) and the dead man is her husband. Along with his idiot assistant, ex-con Gi-poong (Lee Kwang-soo), Seon-woo cleans the crime scenes and buries the bodies, realizing he's been framed for the double murder. Resuming his job at Jonggu Police Station, Seon-woo investigates the case along with two colleagues: the stubbornly procedural Seo (Kim Jung-tae), who dislikes him, and the easy-going Han Gil-ro (Joo Sang-wook), who admires him. Seon-woo has noticed that Soo-jin wears the same perfume as her dead namesake, and she admits she wanted a divorce from her husband, who used to beat her. Seon-woo questions the dead Soo-jin's boyfriend, gym trainer Lee Jin-guk (Kim Yun-seong), but the trail leads nowhere. As the terrier-like Seo comes up with more evidence that could eventually implicate Seon-woo in the murders, Seon-woo finds himself falling hard for Soo-jin and on a deadline to solve the mystery.[5]


Box office[edit]

Despite somewhat negative reception from film critics, the film performed strongly at the box office.[6] In total the film sold 1,246,185 admissions nationwide,[7] with the success of the film largely attributed to Park Si-yeon's numerous nude scenes.[8][9]


  1. ^ "The Scent". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  2. ^ Suk, Monica (23 February 2012). "Park Si-yeon, Park Hee-soon's film to premiere in April". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Hong, Lucia (28 July 2011). "Park Si-yeon to make comeback to big screen". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "The Scent (2012)". The Chosun Ilbo. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Elley, Derek (24 August 2012). "The Scent". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Paquet, Darcy (30 May 2012). "Box office, April 1-30". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ "Korean Box Office". Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ "Korean Movies Get Racier to Fend off Hollywood". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ "Man Waiting for Adultery Park Siyeon mentioned about the bed scene". StarN News. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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