Master (2016)

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Korea's biggest network marketing scam reveals a far greater network of corruption and conspiracy lurking underneath.
Master (Hangul: 마스터; RR: Maseuteo) is a South Korean crime-action film starring Lee Byung-hun, Kang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin.

As of February 2017 Master is placed 32nd on the list of highest-grossing films in South Korea of all time.

An intellectual crime investigation team goes after company One Network. The company is involved in a massive fraud case.[2][3]

Main cast[edit]

Lee Byung-hun as President Jin, a con-artist of the fraud case of One Network.
Kang Dong-won as Kim Jae-myung, head of the Criminal Investigation team
Kim Woo-bin as Park Jang-goon, The mastermind and the brains of President Jin.[4]

Supporting cast[edit]

Uhm Ji-won as Shin Gemma, a lieutenant in the police investigation team
Oh Dal-su as Hwang Myung-joon (prosecutor)[5]
Jin Kyung as Kim Mi-yong, also known as Mother Kim (advertising executive)


Woo Do-hwan as Man with baseball cap backwards
Jung Won-jung as police officer
Yoo Yeon-soo as director Han
Jo Hyun-chul as Ahn Kyung-nam
Paek Hae-soo
Bae Jung-nam as Criminal Investigation Team Member 2
Jung Soo-gyu as Criminal Investigation Team Member 3
Kim Jung-woo as Criminal Investigation Team Member 4
Heo Hyung-gyi as Criminal Investigation Team Member 5
Lee Soon-won
Joo Seok-tae as Peter Kim
Lee Dong-jin as male employee
Kim Won-sik as assistant Han

Special appearance[edit]

Kim Byeong-ok
Park Jung-ja as Teacher Shin


Filming began on 23 April 2016.[6][7] Filming took around 2 months time in the Philippines, including Binondo, Intramuros, Bulacan, and Cebu.[8] The film was showcased at the American Film Market held in Santa Monica, California from November 2-9. It has been sold to 31 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and other countries.[9]

Release and box office[edit]

The VIP Premiere of Master was held on 19 December 2016 at CGV Yeongdeungpo in Seoul.[10][11]

Master was initially released in South Korea and was screened at 1,448 theatres. As per the Korea Box Office Information System (KOBIS) tallied by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on the first day of the release 393,247 viewers were attracted and took 66.3 percent of the total box office sales that day.[12][13]

According to the Korean Film Council, Master topped the box office charts and became the most watched movie during the Christmas weekend of 2016 in South Korea. It was reported an audience of about 2.2 million viewed the movie.[14] In the first five days since its opening on 21 December, the film has reached three million mark in ticket sales, earning 24.8 billion won (Approx: USD 20.5 million) in total.[15]

As of early February 2017, Master has grossed USD 49.81 million in South Korean box office and has sold 7.14 million tickets according to the Korean Film Council. Master ended up as the No. 11 bestselling film for 2016 in Korea.
53rd Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actor (Film)
Lee Byung-hun
Best New Actor (Film)
Woo Do-hwan
Directed byCho Ui-seok
Screenplay byCho Ui-seok
Kim Hyun-duk
StarringLee Byung-hun
Kang Dong-won
Kim Woo-bin
Music byKang Ki-yeong
Jang Yeong-gyu
CinematographyYoo Eok
Kim Jung-woo
Edited byShin Min-kyung
Movie House
Zip Cinema
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • December 21, 2016
Running time
143 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$50.5 million