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Joseon caper film Gone With the Wind is a hit
by | August 19, 2012 | 38 Comments

It’s a summer for caper blockbusters, and there’s a new top thief in town: Cha Tae-hyun’s sageuk action-comedy Gone With the Wind (the literal translation), aka The Grand Heist (English-language title).

The movie opened two weeks ago, and has enjoyed brisk ticket sales, reaching 3 million over the weekend. (Technically it was on Day 12; the movie reached its first milestone of 1 million tickets by Day 5, and 2 million on Day 8.) It’s still too early to predict what its final sales number will be, but on the metric of speed, it’s among the year’s fastest, reaching the 3 million point faster than other successes like Nameless Gangster (which took 17 days), All About My Wife (21 days) and Introduction to Architecture (27 days).

This is a movie I’m eager to watch (along with that other heist blockbuster The Thieves, which is still raking it in at the box office), because it looks fun and zippy. Like Thieves I don’t expect it to reinvent the wheel, and we’re all familiar with the premise — a motley group of thieves band together to pull off a large-scale job — but the Joseon background gives it a fresh new angle. Plus, it’s Cha Tae-hyun! I don’t know if there’s anything that man can’t make funny.

Here’s the trailer, which features Cha Tae-hyun, Oh Ji-ho, Min Hyo-rin et al as our crew. In this era there’s a commodity much more precious than gold, and it’s the target for our crew: ice.

Cha Tae-hyun plays Deok-mu, the intelligent illegitimate son of the high-ranking minister of the right. A political rival, the minister of the left, aims to claim the exclusive rights to control the use of ice, and Deok-mu’s father gets falsely accused of a crime as a part of his scheme. Deok-mu comes up with the plan to steal all of the ice from its securely guarded location. It’s a place that had once been under Oh Ji-ho’s (Chuno) watch, but the nefarious minister had him dismissed from his post, which makes him the perfect partner for Deok-mu’s operation.

Sung Dong-il (Answer Me 1997, Chuno) is their financier, while grave-digging specialist Go Chang-seok (Miss Go) is brought in for his skills. They’ve also got an explosives man (Shin Jung-geun, Detective Cha) and a master of disguises (Song Jong-ho, Answer Me 1997), not to mention the cart-driver to an ammo deliverer. Min Hyo-rin (Romance Town) plays Oh Ji-ho’s younger sister, a diver.

And how much do I love that their “idea bank” is a boy? (Chun Bo-geun, aka adorable Paran from Wish Upon a Star.) Another kidling acts as rumor-spreader (child actress Kim Hyang-gi, Wedding Dress).

With all these specialists in the house, what could POSSIBLY go wrong, right?

Via Joy News


38 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. cinna

    where can you watch this subtitled? :3 I can never find new korean movies T_T

  2. Ivoire

    Thank you!

    • 2.1 Ivoire

      Off to read now…

  3. birdscout

    I can’t believe I’m actually IN Korea now, and I can watch this at the theatre! Even if I won’t understand the dialogue fully, the visuals are funny even in the trailer. And, I agree with javabeans, there is something about Cha Tae-hyun’s mug that makes me want to smile every time I see him. And, Paran is in it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 3.1 rearwindow

      OMG jealous!!

    • 3.2 adette

      forgot i wanted to see this before i left last week ใ… ใ… 

    • 3.3 birdscout

      I just saw this at the theatre IN Seoul! ^^ It was cute and funny and a load of fun even if I didn’t understand half the dialogue.
      ***SPOILER ALERT: there’s a cameo at the end by the very cute Song Joong-ki***

  4. panshel

    Cha Tae Hyun can do no wrong! I would watch anything this man is in…

  5. ck1Oz

    Oh cute, cute and more cute.Will wait for the movie to surface on the Internet.I love comedy so at least I should be safe from tragedy in this movie.

  6. crazedlu

    cannot WAIT for this to come out. cha tae hyuuuunn.

  7. Daisy

    I want to watch this movie so badly! And I also wish Cha Tae Hyun would go back on running man! Chances are low though since he’s in 1N2D ๐Ÿ™

  8. UJ

    Wow this seriously looks interesting!! I wanna watch it!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Ani

    The posters for this film is pretty badass.

    I gotta say that Min Hyo-rin is looking hotter byt the minute. Love love LOVE Cha Tae-hyun. And man, Oh Ji Ho is so freaking pretty. I recognize a good amount of the cast so looking forward to watching this.

  10. 10 becca_boo

    Looks like fun. Thanks for posting!

  11. 11 Kiara

    I was waiting for a movie review. Thank you JB :).

  12. 12 D

    i love Cha Tae-hyun but hello there Mr. Dimples!

    Add to long list of movies i have to watch..

  13. 13 Akiness

    Funny enough, I randomly decided to quickly check out KBS World last night at 2:30am right before I went to sleep. The show Win Win was on and Cha Tae-hyun was on with a bunch of other guys but Tae-hyun was the focus. Even Jang Hyuk stopped by as a mystery guest. I ended up unintentionally staying awake until 4am and was dying from laughter and had tears coming out of my eyes the whole time. They were hilarious. I wanna see this movie!

  14. 14 John

    Looks like it would be funny. Hope to see it someday.

  15. 15 stars4u

    I can’t believe the child actress from Wedding Dress has grown up that much. I cried so hard watching Wedding Dress and it still brings me tears each time I watch it again.

    I can’t wait to watch this.

  16. 16 DB5K

    Thank goodness!! I really wanted this movie to do well for Cha Tae Hyun’s sake. I know he’s half kidding when he talks about loafing at home all day (I’ve seen your CFs >:3), but I do worry if he can still act when he’s old. I’ve seen his adorable kids and his dad on tv and I feel invested in seeing him be able to provide for his family comfortably in the long run. I know, I’m really weird. Really, really weird -_-” But I shouldn’t have worried. With such an amazing cast, who could resist watching Gone With the Wind??

    • 16.1 enz

      i think we must have watched the same interview and i feel the same about wanting him to do well! it must be really hard to have done well so early in the career and then go through this slump and perhaps believing that success is not coming again.

      so am glad to hear this doing well. cha tae hyun fighting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 17 kitchy

    Cha Tae-hyun is so funny! I laugh just looking at his face hehehe

    • 17.1 bd

      Cha Tae-hyun is one of those actors that looks better in “olden time” garb and facial hair.

  18. 18 bd

    Cha Tae-hyun’s career had a bit of a lull period, but he’s been on a hot streak now.

    Seems like Oh Ji-ho’s career has really blossomed relatively late in his career.

    Sung Dong-il is one now one of my favorite fathers/character actors.

    Still haven’t seen Min Hyo-rin in anything I liked (still trying to forget the mess that was “Triple”), so she doesn’t do anything for me.

    • 18.1 karecity

      try watching Sunny, a 2011 film with Shim Eun Kyung, Kang Sora, Min Hyorin and alot of other veterans. its about friendship and very heartwarming and lovely.

      • 18.1.1 bd

        Haven’t finished “Sunny,” so my opinion on Min hasn’t changed as of yet.

  19. 19 TammieR

    You had me at Oh Ji HO. Was there any one else in this show?

    • 19.1 Kwhat?!

      Me too!

    • 19.2 Linda

      me 3……………….

  20. 20 eny

    i think i’m more interested with this movie than the thieves

  21. 21 odet

    Cha Tae-hyun is Korea’s king of comedy… Right? who else can claim that title? And he’s movies are so good, it doesn’t just elicit laughter but will make you cry as well. This is not available for us people not in Korea, but I suggest you watch his previous films like Sassy Girl, Hello Ghost, Speedy Scandal, Highway Star and a lot more. Plus, he’s worked with top stars like Jun Ji-hyun, Son Ye-jin (twice), Song Hye-kyo, Kim Sun Ah and a host of other top actresses.

  22. 22 Kwhat?!

    Korean Mike Tyson is in this movie?! (Check out the trailer at 1:02 if you don’t believe me.) This movie looks HI-larious! I can’t wait.

  23. 23 Joshua_Ahjussi

    Hi Javabeans and girlfriday, just to let you know the tag for Min Hyo-rin currently reads for Min Hyo-jin if you wanted to fix this ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 24 lovepark

    Woah, Cha Tae-hyun is really raking in the dough. Speedy Scandal, Hello Ghost, etc. I’m so glad for him, and I can’t wait to see this. The cast looks wonderful, and it looks super fun!

  25. 25 K-Drama Diehard fan

    I first watched Cha Tae-hyun in the My Sassy Girl and I’ve fallen for him since.

    Every episode of the 2D1N, I never miss. If I’m travelling, I make sure I’ve the episode recorded for later viewing.

    He’s definitely an asset to whoever have him in either dramas, entertainment or what-have-you…

    Cha Tae-hyun fighting!

  26. 26 mikan

    “Plus, itโ€™s Cha Tae-hyun! I donโ€™t know if thereโ€™s anything that man canโ€™t make funny.” –that’s very true! ..I hope there’s a showing too in my country..

  27. 27 xiandi

    I was able to get the xvid copy but can anyone help me out to find the sub for this movie?

  28. 28 whimsicalnet

    jus saw this (subbed in chinese) and it’s soooo funny. n that cutie cameo was such a surprise. gonna watch it again w the family.

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