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Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)

7-beon-bang-ui seon-mul (original title)
A story about love between a mentally-ill father and his lovingly adorable daughter. Accused of murder and rape, her father's home is prison.

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Hwan-kyung Lee (as Lee Hwan-Kyung)

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Hwan-kyung Lee (screenplay) (as Lee Hwan-Kyung), Yeong-ah Yoo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Seung-ryong Ryu ... Yong-Goo (as Ryu Seung-Ryong)
So Won Kal So Won Kal ... Ye-Seung (child)
Dal-su Oh ... So Yang-Ho
Man-sik Jeong Man-sik Jeong ... Sin Bong-sik
Won-Sang Park Won-Sang Park ... Choi Choon-Ho (as Won-sang Park)
Jeong-tae Kim Jeong-tae Kim ... Man-Bum (as Kim Jung Tae)
Shin-Hye Park ... Ye-Seung (adult)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Han-bi Jung Han-bi Jung ... Ye-seung's Homeroom Teacher
Jin-young Jung ... Jang Min Hwan
Sun-Woo Yoon Sun-Woo Yoon ... Prosecutor of moot court
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Storyline

Ryu Seung-Ryong comes back as a fool for his daughter. Outsiders not allowed, in room number 7 of the prison where all kinds of criminals are gathered, comes Yong-goo, a father with the sense of a 6-year-old, and Ye-seung, his 7-year-old daughter. The mission of these criminals in room number 7 is to protect these two who can never stay apart for a single moment. Will they succeed? Written by anonymous

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

23 January 2013 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

December 23rd See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,000,227
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filming finished October 10, in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea. The last scene filmed took place at a prison in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do. The scene involved Yong-Goo (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) and the other prisoners carrying out a mission to get a chance for a temporary release. See more »

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You'll Laugh. You'll Cry. You'll Care. You'll Love. And You'll Have A Great Time.
21 March 2014 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

This will make viewers laugh. And this will make viewers cry. Miracle in Cell No. 7 is a heartwarming tale that depicts the relationship between a 6-year old girl & her mentally challenged father who's accused & convicted for a crime he didn't commit. Awaiting the trial, he is assigned Cell no. 7 which consists of the most hardened criminals & unknowingly convinces everyone that he's a good-hearted fellow who couldn't have committed the crime he's accused of. And so, the inmates get together to help him see his daughter again by breaking her in & also start preparing him for his trial.

There is a heavy amount of non-sense & annoyance in the film but there is also a lot of heart that went into its making. Some scenes, no matter how silly or childish, still are able to resonate a feeling of love & the characters look eccentric yet adorable thanks to mesmerizing performances from its cast. The film also carries a huge emotional baggage that is sugar-coated with layers after layers of superbly timed humour but is sure to leave many viewers with tears during its heartbreaking final moments.

On an overall scale, Miracle in Cell No. 7 completely surprised me with its heartfelt narration, plethora of childlike but never childish moments, expert use of slapstick humour, vibrant characters & a heart-winning performances from its cast. It may not be great enough to rank amongst the best films of its genre but its soul is certainly at the right place plus it makes up for an immensely satisfying family drama that will leave most of its viewers with a smile on their face & tears in their eyes. Give it a try.


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