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The President's Barber (2004)

Hyojadong ibalsa (original title)
Follows a president's barber, his wife, and their only son through four decades of tumultuous Korean history.


Chan-sang Lim
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... Seong Han-mo / Barber
So-Ri Moon ... Kim Min-ja / Barber's wife
Jae-eung Lee Jae-eung Lee ... Seong Nak-han / Barber's son
Yeong-jin Jo Yeong-jin Jo ... President
Byung-ho Son Byung-ho Son ... Jang Hyeok-su
Yong-soo Park Yong-soo Park ... Park, Jong-man (as Yong-su Park)
Seung-su Ryu Seung-su Ryu ... Jin-gi
Ju-sang Yun Ju-sang Yun ... Mr. Choi
Gyu-su Jeong Gyu-su Jeong ... Mr. Wang
Dal-su Oh ... Mr. Ahn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Se-in Jeong Se-in Jeong
Hyung-wook Noh Hyung-wook Noh ... (as Hyung-ok Noh)


Follows a president's barber, his wife, and their only son through four decades of tumultuous Korean history.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

5 May 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elnök borbélya See more »


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Chungeorahm Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


President: Mr. Seong, how many kids do you have?
Seong Han-mo: Well, Mr. President, I have one son. He's ten years old.
President: Hmm... So he was born when the country was in turmoil.
Seong Han-mo: Yes, Mr. President. Actually, it was because of Plus Five...
President: Plus Five?
Seong Han-mo: Yes, Mr. President. My wife discovered that she was pregnant at five months in. She didn't want the child. Do you remember the Plus Five rule? I told her she had to have it because of the Plus Five rule. I insisted she had to give birth since it had been five months. That's ...
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The President's Barber Review: A heartfelt satire!
20 February 2018 | by Prashast_SinghSee all my reviews

Movie: The President's Barber (15): Comedy/Drama - Korean


  • Song Kang-ho once again impresses with his natural and groundreaking act. Every other actor gets to perform very well.
  • The film has a perfect blend of comedy and drama. While the former does make you laugh, the latter too makes you emotional and moved at times.
  • The editing is very neat as the film never bores at all.
  • The cinematography is excellent in certain sequences.
  • The story is very well written and the satire is praiseworthy.



Repeat value: Yes

THE PRESIDENT'S BARBER does justice to what its leading man Song Kang-ho is capable of. It's an important film which needs to be seen!

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