The Target (film)

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The Target
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Theatrical poster
Hangul 표적
Revised Romanization Pyojeok
Directed by Chang
Produced by Im Seung-yong
Seo Woo-sik
Written by Jo Seong-geol
Jeon Cheol-hong
Starring Ryu Seung-ryong
Lee Jin-wook
Yoo Jun-sang
Kim Sung-ryung
Music by Park In-young
Cinematography Choi Sang-muk
Edited by Kim Chang-ju
Yong Film
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30) (South Korea)
  • May 22, 2014 (2014-05-22) (Cannes)
Running time
98 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

The Target (Hangul표적; RRPyojeok) is a 2014 South Korean action-thriller film starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Lee Jin-wook, Yoo Jun-sang and Kim Sung-ryung, and directed by Yoon Hong-seung (who also goes by the pseudonym Chang).[1][2] It is a remake of the 2010 French film Point Blank.[3][4][5]

Released on April 30, 2014 in South Korea, the film was also shown out of competition in the Midnight Screenings section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7][8]


Ex-mercenary killer Yeo-hoon has reformed and is leading a normal life. That is, until he winds up framed for the death of a prominent CEO. He escapes, takes a bullet and winds up in a hospital bed. A doctor at the hospital, medical resident Tae-joon, helps him to escape his pursuers. When Tae-joon's pregnant wife is kidnapped, the two men embark on a dangerous 36-hour chase.[9]


  • Ryu Seung-ryong as Baek Yeo-hoon
  • Lee Jin-wook as Lee Tae-joon
  • Yoo Jun-sang as Song Gi-cheol
  • Kim Sung-ryung as Jung Young-joo
  • Jo Yeo-jeong as Jung Hee-joo[10][11]
  • Jo Eun-ji as Park Soo-jin
  • Jin Goo as Baek Sung-hoon
  • Kim Dae-myung as Jang Gyu-ho
  • Jang Joon-nyeong as Lee Jeong-soo
  • Yeom Ji-yeong as Yoo Hyeon-young
  • Lee Hyeon-wook as Jo Sang-woo
  • Jo Kyeong-hoon as Jang Pil-joo
  • Kim Tae-hwan as Killer 1
  • Ki Se-hyeong as Killer 2
  • Joo Seok-je as Jang Jin-seong
  • Kim Jong-gu as Chief of police
  • Byun Sang-yoon as Yeong-joo team member
  • Yoo Yeong-bok as Yang Dong-seok
  • Wi Yang-ho as Arch king
  • Jang Eun-seon as Ob/gyn female doctor
  • Shin Dam-soo as Drunk
  • Kim Young-jae as Prosecutor

Box office[edit]

The Target was released on April 30, 2014. It had a solid opening despite placing third at the box office, behind The Fatal Encounter (another Korean film released on the same day) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With a market share of 21.5%, it attracted 1.35 million admissions and ₩6.63 billion (US$6.46 million) in its first week.[12][13]

On its second week, the film rose to second place at the box office, for a total of more than 2 million admissions from 716 screens nationwide.[14]


  1. ^ Lee, Eun-sun (15 May 2014). "Family matters a focus in Yoon's action film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  2. ^ Cremin, Stephen (22 May 2014). "Chang and Kim Seong-ryeong on Target". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  3. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (9 May 2013). "RYU Seung-ryong Confirms He Will Appear in Remake of POINT BLANK". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  4. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (7 November 2013). "Korean POINT BLANK Remake Goes Into Production". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  5. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (20 March 2014). "Ryu returns with murder mystery film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  6. ^ Conran, Pierce (18 April 2014). "A GIRL AT MY DOOR Invited to Un Certain Regard". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  7. ^ Lee, Claire (18 April 2014). "Three Korean films to be featured at Cannes". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  8. ^ Conran, Pierce (27 May 2014). "Cannes Title THE TARGET Sells for CJ". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  9. ^ Conran, Pierce (11 February 2014). "Gaumont and CJ Partner on THE TARGET". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  10. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (25 September 2013). "Cho Yeo-jeong Takes Part in Ryu Seung-ryong's Action Pic". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  11. ^ Lee, Sun-min (26 September 2013). "Jo Yeo-jung picked for two movies". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  12. ^ Ma, Kevin (6 May 2014). "Fatal Encounter has year's best opening". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  13. ^ Conran, Pierce (7 May 2014). "THE FATAL ENCOUNTER Scores Biggest Korean Opening of 2014". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  14. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (13 May 2014). "Hyun Bin's Fatal Encounter a box-office winner". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 

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