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Shin Ha-kyun’s chase movie Running Man
by | March 17, 2013 | 40 Comments

Here’s a look at the upcoming chase thriller starring Shin Ha-kyun and Lee Min-ho (the younger one, from Rooftop Prince and Moon/Sun) titled, of all things, Running Man. I’d forgive the title not being something cooler like Man on the Run, but why on earth is it named after a hugely popular variety show? I hear Running Man and I want my weekly dose of Gary. Where be mah Gary?

The chase flick stars Shin Ha-kyun as a driver who specializes in speed — he’ll charge you more than a cab ride, but he’ll get you across town in record time. So like the Transporter but with better manners and a more above-board day job? He has a son (Lee Min-ho) who’s only 18 years younger than him (whoopsie, teenage dad) and though their relationship is tense, Dad’s sole dream in life is to buy a house for the two of them to live in. Aw.

Trouble starts when one day he’s called to drop someone off, and the passenger turns out to be a bloody murder victim. It’s a classic Wrong Man scenario, with him being caught redhanded by mistake, and getting chased all over the city as the prime suspect in this guy’s killing, all the while being manipulated by the people behind the frame job. While on the run he sets out to clear his name so that he can salvage a relationship with his son.

The action/plot setup seems like your standard fare, but I like the father-son relationship. It seems to be more than just a throwaway love interest, so hopefully there’s a bit of heart in there… yunno, amidst the exploding cars.

Running Man hits theaters in early April, and then Shin Ha-kyun’s new political rom-com drama All About My Romance starts soon after. Busy, busy.

Via Daum


40 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Chiomy

    The transporter in Korea….sounds good… unlikely looking action star….but it might just work

    • 1.1 Dominique

      Or not. “Thieves” was bad enough.

      • 1.1.1 zodd

        Yeah, didn’t care for ‘The Thieves’ either.

    • 1.2 houstontwin

      I know he’s not handsome but he is very intense and charismatic. Watch “Brain” from last year.

      • 1.2.1 Kiara

        Yea just mention his name in anything and I’m gonna watch it. He reminds me of Al Pacino who is another great actor that I love.

        • Chiomy

          Hmmm, I have yet to see thieves…. but I do love Al Pacino…

  2. Mawiie

    Looks cool but not gonna lie, my first reaction when I saw the poster was “It’s Ahjusshi!”

    • 2.1 kungfupigeon

      That was my first reaction too! I totally whispered “Ahjusshi…”

  3. Dayyuman

    Looks cool.
    I’m excited to see Lee Min-ho. I think he did a good job in Moon that Embraces the Sun. I hope he’ll get more exposure from now on.

    I wonder how long before subtitles come out.
    Sigh, so many cool movies… makes wish I knew and understood the korean language. Sigh.

  4. JenJen

    Lee Minho looks quite dashing with that hair cut and uniform. and Oh look there’s the ajusshi from City Hunter 😀

    • 4.1 Rachel

      Heehee yeah that ajusshi. Aww I love Lee Min Ho (2).

      • 4.1.1 kstalls

        When I saw Lee Min Ho was starring, I was like; it’s a reunion with ajusshi… but it’s Lee Min Ho (2)… 🙁

  5. Mystisith

    1 more movie I want to see… It compensates for the lack of dramas, I guess.

  6. milkmustache

    Okay, Lee Min-ho looks goooooood with that uniform and hairstyle.

    • 6.1 JoAnne

      he was the son in Padam Padam, right?

      • 6.1.1 jomo

        That was Choi Tae Joon.
        Both CTJ and LMH (93) were in The Great Seer.
        Did you ever finish that one? I bailed.

  7. kyleD

    i assume the variety ‘running man’ actually takes its name from the stephen king book of the same name (which is about a tv show), so its not an original title either.
    but true, they really shouldve gone for another title, its not like this plot doesnt offer enough options for a cool one.

  8. austriandramalover

    hehe I have the same problem with the title 😀 I read Running Man and I immediatly think it’s something about the variety show 😀

    Nevertheless I am thrilled to see Shin Ha Kyun doing a drama AND a movie this year <3 Can't wait to watch them 🙂

  9. jomo

    Love both of them. I think the dad/son scenes will be either hysterical or very touching.

  10. 10 phoenixbasilisk

    This plot sounds a lot like the movie Quick with Lee Minki but with motorcycles instead.

  11. 11 pigtookie

    – I hear Running Man and I want my weekly dose of Gary.
    LOL girlfriday are you me?

    It definitely looks like a lot of running 😮 Though Man on the Run would be a more apt title.

  12. 12 dduk

    LAWL is it bad that I came here thinking that it was the re-cap for running man? LAWL.. I need to stop scrolling down too quickly…

  13. 13 AMA

    Having Lee Min-ki in Quick just yesterday, I have to say this sounds eerily familiar.

  14. 14 conan

    It kind of makes a lot of sense now that the son is the younger Lee Min-ho. For the longest time I thought it was the older and I was like wha? Shin Ha-kyun and older Lee Min-ho is like only 13 years apart.

    Movie-wise, I think it should be fun. Shin Ha-kyun is great in everything he does, at least the ones I’ve watched. And it seems like South Korea seems to be quite excellent in making movies with lots of chasing. I might catch this movie, but we’ll just see.

  15. 15 TS

    Are, but really, I just want Kim Nam Gil’s promised film: *Backwards* Running Man.

  16. 16 Andy

    I hope Yoo Jae Suk makes a cameo appearance

    • 16.1 mary


      Or the movie’s cast can guest on RM.

  17. 17 bebeswtz

    I can’t seem to shake off the “cool and haughty” character that Shin Ha Kyun had portrayed for his character for medical drama “Brain”, so it’ll be really nice to see something different come from him in this movie and his new drama when it all hits airwaves and the theatre ^.^ Can’t wait ~!!

  18. 18 fun-lugha

    they had me at the glass window thing…thank God someone actually shows it like it is-a glass window doth not easily break! lols

  19. 19 DayDreamer

    This looks pretty cool. I love how the first poster looks.

  20. 20 Pipit

    I love Shin Ha Kyun. And love that he hits the big and small screens almost at the same time. Wishing that both Running Man and All About My Romance will be good and not disappoint.

  21. 21 snow_white

    waah….this movie sounds like a good action thriller and lots of fun!!

  22. 22 rie

    Coming with “Running Man” title is so obvious.
    Btw, did you guys see Company Man already?

  23. 23 canxi

    I really want to see this. I like movies like this. It’s nice to keep the suspense up.

  24. 24 LangitBiru

    Anything with Shin Ha Kyun I will watch. That’s all. 🙂

    • 24.1 AnotherFan


  25. 25 Meiyih

    i tot he’s gonna be a guest in RM when i saw dat title but it’ll b fun if RM cameo in the movie

  26. 26 meanrice

    Running Man the variety show must be glad its branding is so strong. Girlfriday, i think we were meant to be bffs. You say things i think. Except when I hear “Running Man” i think of lee kwang soo, what can i say? I love the foolishness.

    I hope this plays where i live, “the berlin file” leaves this week and is replaced by “new world.”

  27. 27 cm

    “I hear Running Man and I want my weekly dose of Gary. Where be mah Gary?” Ha, me too! Stresss!

    Shin Ha Kyun is one of those veteran actors where I can’t really imagine him as this action hero type. I like that he’s playing against stereotype but I think I’d really run out to see this one. This is more like… if I had the time and there was nothing else on. But All About My Romance? I’m down for that one.

  28. 28 Arhazivory

    Ok….I so wanna watch this.

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