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Wide Awake -- A young boy experiences anesthesia awareness while undergoing surgery. Unable to respond because of a muscle relaxant administered to him, the boy is severely traumatized; direct resulting in his killing of a young girl soon after the operation.


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Release Date:
8 August 2007 (South Korea) See more »
Due to inadequate use of anesthetics, a young boy experiences "intra-operative awareness" during his own heart surgery... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Myung-min Kim ... Jae-woo

Joon-sang Yoo ... Wook-hwan

Tae-woo Kim ... Chi-hoon
Yu-seok Jeong ... Seok-ho
Yu-mi Kim ... Hee-jin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Seung-hwan Baek
Eun-ah Kim
Roe-ha Kim
Min-seok Kwak
Sung-min Lee

Directed by
Kyu-maan Lee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hyeon-jin Lee 
Kyu-maan Lee 

Original Music by
Seung-hyun Choi (original music by)
Cinematography by
Dong-eun Kim 
Film Editing by
Steve M. Choe 
Changju Kim 
Sound Department
Jong-geun Park .... sound recordist
Music Department
Jan Holzner .... music recording engineer

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Also Known As:
"Ri-teon" - South Korea (original title)
"Return" - International (English title)
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »


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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Well-thought medical crime, 6 December 2008
Author: Azchael from Maichingen, Germany

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A well-written and acted drama and medical crime based on the background story of a young boy experiencing the pain of an operation, due to the fact that the painkillers do not work. Crucial point of the movie is the fact that the general motive is clear, however it is not known who the killer is. Psycho games included, "Return" is a typical modern Korean crime movie involving emotion, unexpected twists in the storyline and a good acting of all involved personnel. Despite a few not explained background connections at the beginning of the movie is the picture in general a haunting piece of film work, especially due to the explicit showing of clinical operations and, for my part, the use of needles.

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