The Treacherous

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The Treacherous
The Treacherous-poster.jpg
International poster
Directed byMin Kyu-dong
Produced byMin Jin-su
Written byMin Kyu-dong
StarringJu Ji-hoon
Kim Kang-woo
Lim Ji-yeon
Music byKim Jun-seong
CinematographyPark Hong-ryeol
Edited byKim Sun-min
Soo Film
Distributed byLotte Entertainment[1][2]
Release date
  • May 21, 2015 (2015-05-21)
Running time
132 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Budget₩7 billion
Box officeUS$8 million[3]

The Treacherous (Hangul간신; RRGansin; lit. "Treacherous Subject" or "Treacherous Retainer") is a 2015 South Korean period drama film directed by Min Kyu-dong.[4][5][6]


The story of Joseon's tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, his seemingly loyal retainer who controls him and all court dealings, and a woman who seeks vengeance.



Box office[edit]

The film has grossed ₩8.92 billion (US$8.09 million) from 1.11 million admissions at the South Korean box office.[10][11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
52nd Grand Bell Awards
Best Art Direction Lee Tae-hun Nominated
Best Costume Design Lee Jin-hee Nominated
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best New Actress Lee Yoo-young Won
Best Art Direction Lee Tae-hun Nominated


  1. ^ Noh, Jean (23 March 2015). "Filmart 2015: Hot titles - South Korea". Screen International. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  2. ^ Ma, Kevin (23 March 2015). "Hot Korean titles at FilMart". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
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  4. ^ Conran, Pierce (26 August 2014). "JU Ji-hoon and KIM Kang-woo Sign on for TREACHEROUS SUBJECT". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (19 April 2015). "Historical film tells story of Joseon tyrant". The Korea Times. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  6. ^ Conran, Pierce (14 May 2015). "ASSASSINATION and THE TREACHEROUS Find Buyers Ahead of Cannes". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ Jang, Sung-ran (19 May 2015). "Ju Ji-hoon gambles on Treacherous". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  8. ^ Kim, Hyung-woo (17 May 2015). "Interview: Joo Ji Hoon Talks about Having to Act with 30 Nude Women". enewsWorld. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  9. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (20 June 2014). "Lim Ji-yeon offered period drama role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  10. ^ Ma, Kevin (26 May 2015). "Hollywood takes Buddha holiday in South Korea". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  11. ^ Ma, Kevin (23 June 2015). "Classified File opens second-placed in South Korea". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 26 June 2015.

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