The Shameless

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The Shameless
The Shameless-poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Oh Seung-uk
Produced by Han Jae-duk
Written by Oh Seung-uk
Starring Kim Nam-gil
Jeon Do-yeon
Music by Jo Yeong-wook
Cinematography Kang Guk-hyun
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Sanai Pictures
Distributed by CGV Arthouse
Release date
  • May 15, 2015 (2015-05-15) (Cannes)
  • May 27, 2015 (2015-05-27) (South Korea)
Running time
118 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$2.5 million
Box office US$2.9 million[1]

The Shameless (Hangul무뢰한; RRMuroehan; lit. "A Bastard" or "A Rouge") is a 2015 South Korean film starring Kim Nam-gil and Jeon Do-yeon.[2][3][4][5] It is written and directed by Oh Seung-uk, who described it as a "hardboiled romantic noir thriller.[6][7][8]

The Shameless made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]


The police are staking out Park Joon-gil for the murder of Hwang Choong-nam, and jaded detective Jung Jae-gon is being pressured to close the case, particularly by his former superior Moon Ki-beom, who lost his badge for corruption. Joon-gil was once the mob enforcer for Jay Investment, but had fallen out of favor when he embezzled and stole the heart of Kim Hye-kyung, the girlfriend of the company's vice president Park Jong-ho. Jay Investment representative Min Young-ki approaches Jae-gon and offers him US$5,000 to ensure that Joon-gil is maimed during the arrest as payback. Jae-gon reluctantly agrees, but a botched arrest sends Joon-gil on the run, and Jae-gon decides the best way to find him again is by sticking with Hye-kyung, hoping she will lead him to the fugitive. Hye-kyung now works as a bar hostess to pay off her substantial debt to Jong-ho, and Jae-gon threatens his way into an undercover job as a floor manager at the nightclub she works at. Introducing himself as Joon-gil's former cellmate Lee Young-joon, Jae-gon begins to spend time with the suspicious Hye-kyung and gradually wins her trust. But when Joon-gil returns asking Hye-kyung for money for a potential deal, Jae-gon's newfound feelings of love and jealousy rise to the surface.


Un Certain Regard section during the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2015
  • Kim Nam-gil as Jung Jae-gon
  • Jeon Do-yeon as Kim Hye-kyung
  • Park Sung-woong as Park Joon-gil
  • Kwak Do-won as Moon Ki-beom
  • Kim Min-jae as Min Young-ki
  • Park Ji-hwan as Son Kyung-soo
  • Choi Young-do as Kim Ho-gil
  • Ha Ji-eun as Han Ji-yeon
  • Kang Tae-young as Kim Jin-hyung
  • Ji Seung-hyun as Kim Dong-soo
  • Chu Gwi-jeong as Strange woman
  • Sung Seung-hyun as Drug addict
  • Shin Sam-bong as Shopkeeper
  • Ji Goon-woo as Drug dealer
  • Lee Dong-jin as Hwang Choong-nam
  • Yoo Ji-yeon as Hwang's lover
  • Jung Jae-woong as Kim Hyung-seok
  • Yoon Seung-won as Park Jong-ho
  • Jo Won-hee as Deok-ryong


This is the second film Oh Seung-uk has directed, 15 years after his directorial debut Kilimanjaro (2000).[6] Oh was a prominent screenwriter in the 1990s, having written Green Fish (1997) and Christmas in August (1998).[18][19][20]

Lee Jung-jae was originally cast in the leading role as Jung Jae-gon, but dropped out after he was injured on the set of his 2014 film Big Match. He was replaced by Kim Nam-gil.[21]

The Shameless began filming in June 2014.[22]

Box office[edit]

The Shameless was released on May 27, 2015. It opened at fourth place in the box office, grossing ₩2.14 billion (US$1.92 million) from 272,000 admissions in its first five days.[23][24] By the end of its run, it had grossed ₩3,255,796,431 (US$2,805,292) from 413,836 admissions.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015 68th Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Oh Seung-uk Nominated
24th Buil Film Awards[25][26] Best Film The Shameless Won
Best Director Oh Seung-wook Nominated
Best Actor Kim Nam-gil Nominated
Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Won
Best New Director Oh Seung-wook Nominated
Best Cinematography Kang Guk-hyun Nominated
Best Music Jo Yeong-wook Won
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Director Oh Seung-wook Nominated
15th Director's Cut Awards Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
Best Cinematography Kang Guk-hyun Nominated
Best Lighting Bae Il-hyeok Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director (Film) Oh Seung-wook Nominated
Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Won
Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Won
7th KOFRA Film Awards Won
21st Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated


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