The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

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The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion
The Witch-Part 1. The Subversion.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised RomanizationManyeo
Directed byPark Hoon-jung
Produced byPark Hoon-jung
Yeon Young-sik
Written byPark Hoon-jung
StarringKim Da-mi
Jo Min-su
Choi Woo-shik
Park Hee-soon
Music byMowg
CinematographyKim Young-ho
Lee Teo
Edited byKim Chang-ju
Gold Moon Film Production
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • June 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)
Running time
125 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$5.5 million
Box officeUS$24.4 million[1]

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Korean마녀; RRManyeo) is a 2018 South Korean mystery action film[2][3] written and directed by Park Hoon-jung[4][5][6][7][8][9]


10 years ago, Ja-yoon escaped from a government facility in the midst of an inexplicable incident by herself and lost all her memory. An old couple takes her in even though she doesn’t know her name or age. She grows up to be a bright high school student and enters a nationally televised audition program to win the top prize and help her struggling family out. As soon as she appears on TV, strange people start appearing in her life. A man named ‘Nobleman’ constantly roams around her, in addition to ‘Dr. Baek’ and ‘Mr. Choi’ who have been searching for her since her disappearance. Ja-yoon’s life falls into turmoil as they turn her seemingly ordinary life upside down in a blink of an eye.



Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 85% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 8.6/10.[14]

Elizabeth Kerr of The Hollywood Reporter gave a positive review and wrote, "An ever-so-delicate twist on the Korean revenge thriller. By Korean action standards The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion is least at two hours, but in cramming so much into the narrative it stumbles over itself on more than one occasion; it very often forgets its own internal logic and drags the final showdown out to the breaking point."[15]

Rafael Motamayor of Flickering Myth rated the film 4 out of 5 and wrote, "Despite trying to cram too much plot, the film's atmospheric score, action sequences and visuals keep you invested in the story and what comes next."[16]

Box office[edit]

The film opened in South Korea on June 27, 2018. During its debut weekend, the film finished in first place, ending The Accidental Detective: In Action 2-week box office reign. It sold more than 735,000 tickets from 1,117 screens from Friday to Sunday, with US$6 million gross during its opening weekend.[17] In its second weekend, the film finished at second behind Ant-Man and the Wasp, dropping 40% from the last weekend with US$3.5 million gross from 451,113 tickets sold.[18] Grossing US$3.1 million on its third weekend, the film finished third behind Ant-Man and the Wasp and newcomer Skyscraper.[19] As of August 23, the film attracted 3,189,092 moviegoers, and earned US$24,377,666.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
22nd Fantasia International Film Festival Best Actress Kim Da-mi Won [20]
27th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Jo Min-su Nominated [21][22]
Best New Actress Kim Da-mi Won
55th Grand Bell Awards Won [23]
Best Actress Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Go Min-si Nominated
Technical Award The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion Nominated
2nd The Seoul Awards Best New Actress Kim Da-mi Won [24]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [25]
Technical Award (Stunts) Park Jeong-ryool & Kim Jeong-min (Stunts) Nominated
18th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress Kim Da-mi Won [26]
10th KOFRA Film Awards Won
55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Nominated [27]
Best Supporting Actress Jo Min-su Nominated


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  9. ^ Yon Min-sik (20 June 2018). "[Herald Review] 'The Witch' an interesting attempt, but clunky delivery". Korean Herald. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  10. ^ "영화 "박훈정 감독, 반전 결말의 미스터리작품! 김다미·최우식·조민수 주연" - 한국강사신문". (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-23.
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  12. ^ "Choi Woo-shik is ready to show his dark side : The popular 'Okja' truck driver plays a villain in 'The Witch: Part 1'". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "영화 "김다미·최우식·조민수·박희순 주연, 미스터리한 전개와 독특한 결말의 액션작품" - 한국강사신문". (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-23.
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  18. ^ "'Ant-man' sequel dominates theaters worldwide". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 24, 2018.
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  20. ^ "THE WITCH and MICROHABITAT Awarded at Fantasia". Korean Film Biz Zone. August 7, 2018.
  21. ^ [23회 부산국제영화제] 부일영화상. Busan Daily (in Korean). 20 September 2018.
  22. ^ 5관왕 ‘공작’, ‘허스토리’와 함께 부산 품었다(종합) [27회 부일영화상]. MK Sports (in Korean). 5 October 2018.
  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.
  25. ^ 청룡영화상 후보 발표, ‘1987’ 최다·‘공작’도 9개부문 후보. Newsen (in Korean). November 1, 2018.
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