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The Attorney (2013)

Byeon-ho-in (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 December 2013 (South Korea)
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An ambitious tax attorney decides to represent an old friend in court.

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Woo-seok Yang
32 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kwang Soo Cha ... Park Byung-ho
Seon-Mook Cho Seon-Mook Cho
Ki-Jung Han Ki-Jung Han ... Lee Hong-ki
Sung-ho Hong ... Attorney (as Sung Ho Hong)
Si-wan Im ... Jin-woo (as Si-wan Yim)
Min-Ki Jo ... Prosecutor Kang Young-cheol (as Min-gi Jo)
Won-joong Jung Won-joong Jung ... Attorney Kim Sang-pil
Yeong-ae Kim ... Choi Soon-ae
Do-won Kwak ... Cha Dong-yeong
Jeong-eun Lee ... Apartment owner (as Jung Eun Lee)
Sung-min Lee ... Lee Yoon-taek
Dal-su Oh ... Park Dong-ho
Kang-ho Song ... Song Woo-seok
Young-chang Song ... Judge
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Storyline

A snobbish tax lawyer Song Woo-Seok becomes an attorney of his old friend Jinwoo after seeing him being arrested by military regime. The trial becomes a turning point of Song's life and he decides to devote himself in democratization movement.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

18 December 2013 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Attorney See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$216,035, 7 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$557,236

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,547,586
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to director, the titular character's name, Song Woo-Seok is named after director's first name and actor's last name. See more »

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Fantastic Movie
19 June 2014 | by cadillac20See all my reviews

I have to admit, of all the Korean films I have seen over the years, The Attorney has to be one of the most relateable internationally. Through this film, I was constantly reminded of our own injustices within the American system, specifically during the times when the U.S. was going after supposed communists. But the film goes beyond, carrying a huge heart and an intense drama, well portrayed by it's actors. While it starts slow, it turns into a riveting and surprising court drama.

The focus is on Song Woo-seok, an attorney who, for the sake of his family, seeks to gain money and prosperity as fast as possible. In turn, however, he tries to keep out of the growing political movement of the times and focus on property and tax law. However, this changes when the son of a friend is arrested and tortured as a suspected communist. His attention turns to exposing the corrupt laws and officials responsible.

The film starts off slowly, with the first hour or so spent focused on Song's journey to building his practice, his motivations for doing so, and the troubles he faces as he does this. This beginning part is almost wholly different from the latter half of the film. Song is mostly carefree, with his budding, successful practice, the love of his family, and his growing relationships with those around him. It's both touching and humorous in some instances, and Song Kang-ho is incredibly likable as the ambitious, but big hearted Woo-seok. He's easily identifiable in his reluctance to engage in the changing political atmosphere and his ambitions to be successful for his family's sake. It would have been easy to turn him into a greedy, cold lawyer, but he is far from so. So, it is only that much more enjoyable to see him tackle such an important subject in the latter half of the film.

At the same time, it is quite riveting and you genuinely fear for the safety and security of Song as he takes on an entire justice system. While there are many surprises, it is ultimately pleasant to see Song take such a stand against an unjust system. It is at this point that the film becomes a courtroom drama, with cinematography that moves and edits that ramp up the pacing. There is genuine intrigue as to how this underdog will take on the system, and even if he can win. I won't spoil the surprises, but I will say that the film does have a few. The ending could be debated, but it is very fitting for this story and I was left with a smile. I can honestly say I was incredibly pleased with this film. Last year, Korea delivered New World, and it ended up being my favorite film of the year. This year, I had the pleasure of watching this film, and I can easily say this may very well end up as high, or nearly as high, on my list as New World. I can't recommend this film enough.


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