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Helpless (2012)

Hoa-cha (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 8 March 2012 (South Korea)
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A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace just before their wedding ceremony, only to discover the shocking identity of her.

Director:

Young-Joo Byun

Writers:

Young-Joo Byun, Miyuki Miyabe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sun-kyun Lee ... Moon-ho (as Seon-gyun Lee)
Min-hee Kim ... Seon-yeong
Sung-ha Jo Sung-ha Jo ... Jong-geun (as Seong-ha Jo)
Ha-yoon Song Ha-yoon Song ... Han-na (as Byeol Kim)
Duk-moon Choi Duk-moon Choi ... Ha Seong-sik (as Duek-mun Choi)
Hee-joon Lee ... No Seung-joo
Min-jae Kim ... Han Moon-ho's friend
Il-hwa Choi Il-hwa Choi ... Han Moon-ho's father
Tae-In Kim Tae-In Kim ... Park Myeong-sin
Sun-Kyun Lee Sun-Kyun Lee ... Moon-ho Jang
Park Sang-woo Park Sang-woo
Kim Bo-Seul Kim Bo-Seul
Min Hee Bae Min Hee Bae ... Ho-doo's Mom (as Bae Min-hee)
Jang Dae-Yoon Jang Dae-Yoon ... Jecheon District Captain
Su-yeon Cha Su-yeon Cha ... Kang Sun-Young
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A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace just before their wedding ceremony, only to discover the shocking identity of her.

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Helpless See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is a film adaptation of Japanese mystery novel KASHA by Miyabe Miyuki. See more »

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complex and riveting
28 October 2014 | by reallyevilboySee all my reviews

It's getting to a stage where I'm perusing South Korean films and watching each and every one I'm able to get my hands on. I've seen a few bad ones but I've seen dozens upon dozens of brilliant ones.

This one starts of pretty simple but then twists and cycles into something complex and riveting. It shows a harsh world that shapes people into what they are and touches you with a background story that makes you want to forgive.

It's very well done.

I would not put it in my top ten of South Korean movies because we are looking at a massive amount scoring 9 and 10 out of 10 but if I had not seen any other Korean movies and watched mainly American Movies this would be close on the top of my list.


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