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Default (2018)

Gukgabudo-ui nal (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 28 November 2018 (South Korea)
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A dramatization of the behind-the-scenes story of the IMF negotiations that took place during the financial crisis in 1997, through three parallel stories.


Kook-Hee Choi


Seong-min Eom
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hye-su Kim ... Han Si-hyun
Ah-In Yoo ... Yoon Jung-hak
Joon-ho Huh ... Gap-su (as Jun-ho Heo)
Woo-jin Jo ... Vice-Minister of Finance
Vincent Cassel ... Michel Camdessus
Kim Tae-Yul Kim Tae-Yul ... Hyun-Soo
Hae-hyo Kwon Hae-hyo Kwon
Roe-ha Kim
Eom Hyo-Seob Eom Hyo-Seob
Deok-Hwan Ryu
Park Jin-Joo
Won Hee Lee ... Investment Banker
Jeon Bae-soo
Jang Sung-Bum
Jeong Gyu-Su


Si-hyun (Hye-su Kim), the monetary policy manager at the Bank of Korea, predicts a massive national financial crisis and reports it to the Director. The Director doesn't schedule an emergency summit until 10 days later and does it without notifying the public of the situation. Si-hyun urges for the crisis to be announced in order to warn people of the looming disaster, but her plea is ignored. The summit is held behind closed doors. Jung-hak (Ah-In Yoo), a financial consultant, notices Korea is suddenly hemorrhaging foreign funds, and he learns the reason is that international finance firms have ordered an all-out investment withdrawal from the country, which has caused its credit rating to plummet. He hands in his resignation and decides to play the odds on what he's sure is a coming crisis. He secretly starts gathering investors willing to do the same. Gap-su (Joon-ho Huh), a family man who runs a small tableware factory, has a big break and wins a contract with a department store. ... Written by anonymous

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A week before the national bankruptcy




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a different perspective
2 January 2020 | by huck-9See all my reviews

A propaganda piece, probably effective in south korea. (as are many elsewhere, at local levels) multiple villains to choose from, but unsure whether blame is equal :

  • corrupt politicians and giant chaebols
  • IMF
  • the U.S. pulling the IMF strings (for an economic annexation???)

the script attempts, and fails, in the explanation of the economic mechanisms. it ends on a note that the current situation, and every situation, is always bad or worse. (i always just assumed corrupt politicians and too much debt is bad, and bubbles eventually burst?) also not helping, as a watcher of many foreign films, i found the acting uniformly awful.

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28 November 2018 (South Korea) See more »

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Hapcheon, South Korea See more »


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