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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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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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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 »

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$85,000,227
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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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I loved this Korean movie!
2 August 2013 | by pagol20See all my reviews

And I am sure most of you will too. The story revolves around the strong family bond between mentally disabled father Yong-gu and his young daughter Ye-sung. Movie begins with a young woman collecting witnesses and later standing in court to reverse a ruling of a case many years ago. In court she starts telling her story and thats when the real part of the movie begins. A mentally disabled man is torn apart from his little daughter as he is wrongfully accused of a unspeakable crime. He is mistreated by police and prison authorities. In jail he is bullied. But slowly he changes the mind of people around him and hatred turns into care. His daughter is smuggled into the prison and it is there father and daughter can meet again. Comic and enjoyable moments take place within the prison walls. The scenes alternate between being very serious and being comic. Both part is very well done. Its is pulled off by excellent acting. Ye-sung is adorable and acting is outstanding for her age. Yong-gu is the child like father whose only concern is welbeing of Ye-sung.

The movie is not flawless. If you really want to, you really can find some of the events and story illogical or impractical. For example how can he be allowed to be the guardian of this daughter in the 1st place? Surely he is not mature enough to raise a child but it seems neighbors, welfare or school must not be ignorant about it.

I found similarity with the movies Life is Beautiful and Green Mile. Life is Beautiful was a story about a child like father and his son and was a comedy set on a very depressing world. In Green Mile the prisoner has a child like innocence and wins the trust of all the guards.

Usually I don't think it is good idea to mix up very polarized genres. Particularly I don't think its a good idea to mix up something very depressing and dark with comedy. Comedy best works standalone or when mixed with Action or Romance. Hence the genres rom-com or action-comedy. I think when you are watching something depressing and when you are presented with a comic moment its not natural to immediately switch to a laughter mode, and the scene is wasted, and hence its not a great idea to do it in the 1st place. But Miracle on Cell No 7 pulls this off wonderfully with its brilliant cast. But it also made me think if this were only father daughter comedy movie only how fun would that be.

Final verdict: I give it a 10/10. Previously shawshank redemption was my favourite 'prison' themed movie. Now its Miracle on Cell No 7. And to those who has already seen the movie.... yes there was one scene which broke me down completely... there are very few movies I have seen that have moved me this much.


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