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Running Turtle (2009)

Geobugi dallinda (original title)
Jo Pil-seong, a rural detective, is an unhappy husband, often blamed by his older wife for gambling. Despite her being hard on him, he steals money from her to bet on bull butting. ... See full summary »


Yeon-woo Lee


Yeon-woo Lee (screenplay)
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Yoon-seok Kim ... Pil-seong Jo
Woo-seon Seon Woo-seon Seon ... Detective Jo's Wife
Mi-ri Gyeon ... Kyeong-joo
Ji-na Kim Ji-na Kim ... Ok-soon
Jeong-geun Sin Jeong-geun Sin ... Yong-bae
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwon Choi Kwon Choi
Won-seok Choi Won-seok Choi
Yong-hyeon Choi Yong-hyeon Choi
Seong-ah Jeon Seong-ah Jeon
Deok-jae Jo Deok-jae Jo
Jin-mo Joo Jin-mo Joo
Kyung-ho Jung ... (as Kyung Ho Chung)
Deuk-jong Kang Deuk-jong Kang
Moon-hee Kang Moon-hee Kang
Seong-hae Kang Seong-hae Kang


Jo Pil-seong, a rural detective, is an unhappy husband, often blamed by his older wife for gambling. Despite her being hard on him, he steals money from her to bet on bull butting. Fortunately, he chalks up an unexpected win, but his luck, by no means, lasts long because his money gets snatched by an unprecedented absconder. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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South Korea



Release Date:

11 June 2009 (South Korea) See more »

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Keobokyi dalrinda See more »


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2.35 : 1
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Running Turtle - not quite sure what to make of the title..
6 May 2010 | by KnatLouieSee all my reviews

I saw this film a few weeks ago as part of the Copenhagen film-festival, and here is what I got from it: The plot evolves around a gambling detective, Jo Pil-seong (Yun-seok Kim), who frequently "borrows" money from his wife, so he can go out and make (mostly unsuccessful) bets on various bull-racing-contests. When he unexpectedly makes it big time, all his winnings are stolen by a notorious thief, Gi-tae Song (Kyeong-ho Jeong), who also happens to be an expert martial artist, not easily captured or beaten.

Jo rounds up his gang of dim-witted henchmen and goes after the thief, but it is no easy task, and every time they get near him, they usually end up getting a severe beating, and/or he escapes like a Ninja, not wanting to be caught. Meanwhile, the official state police also tries to capture him, but they are even worse at it, and actually aids him more than stops him, much to the annoyance of Jo and his buddies. But they discover that he may have a weakness, which is a young girl he has been having a romantic relationship with.. and the hunt gets a whole new dimension.

I thought the movie was a somewhat forgettable, but mildly entertaining action-thriller-comedy, with a lot of very well-choreographed action-sequences, which kept the tempo at a fast pace, and the comedy elements were pretty good too, although sometimes a bit too much to keep the focus of the story. Not the best Korean movie I've ever seen, but definitely not the worst one either. Recommended for people who like hunt/chase-films filled with action and comic relief.

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