Wide Awake (2007 film)

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Wide Awake
Wide Awake film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Riteon
McCune–Reischauer Rit‘ŏn
Directed by Lee Gyu-man
Produced by Gang Seong-gyu
Written by Lee Gyu-man
Lee Hyun-jin
Starring Kim Myung-min
Music by Choi Seung-hyun
Cinematography Kim Dong-eun
Edited by Steve M. Choe
Kim Chang-ju
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • 8 August 2007 (2007-08-08)
Running time
115 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$4,569,126

Wide Awake (Hangul리턴; RRRiteon; also known as Return) is a 2007 South Korean film.


In 1980s South Korea, a young boy is traumatised after experiencing anesthesia awareness during heart surgery, and no-one believes his story afterwards. Twenty-five years later, the doctors and nurses who operated on him begin to die under mysterious circumstances. Dr. Ryu Jae-woo, a surgeon married to Hee-jin, believes that the boy he remembers from his childhood is responsible for the deaths. The leading suspects are Lee Myeong-suk, who has been stalking Dr. Ryu, and the seemingly unhinged Uk-hwan. Hypnosis specialist Oh Chi-hoon also seems to know something about these deaths.



Wide Awake was released in South Korea on 8 August 2007,[1] and its opening weekend was ranked fourth at the box office with 238,819 admissions.[2] The film went on to receive a total of 677,939 admissions nationwide,[1] with a gross (as of 16 September 2007) of US$4,569,126.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2008 Grand Bell Awards


  1. ^ a b "Box-Office Admission Results" (2007). Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved on 31 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Korean Box Office" (2007.08.10 ~ 2007.08.12). HanCinema. Retrieved on 31 December 2008.
  3. ^ "South Korea Box Office 14–16 September 2007". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 31 December 2008.

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