|Directed by||Cho Ui-seok|
|Screenplay by||Cho Ui-seok|
|Starring||Lee Byung-hun |
|Edited by||Shin Min-kyung|
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
|Country||South Korea & Philippines|
|Box office||US$50.5 million|
Master (Korean: ; RR: Maseuteo) is a South Korean action crime film directed by Cho Ui-seok. Written jointly by Cho Ui-seok and Kim Hyun-duk, it stars Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin in the lead roles. The narrative centers around the manhunt for a conman launched by South Korea's financial crime unit after he absconds with the money and assumes a new identity, causing a cop to team up with the conman's mastermind partner in order to crack the case involving a nationwide financial fraud.
The film opened theatrically in South Korea on 21 December 2016, and received more than 7 million admissions nationwide. Released on 1,501 screens, it grossed more than $48 millions at the South Korean box office. The film was released in USA on 30 December 2016.
Filming began on 23 April 2016. Filming took around 2 months time in the Philippines, including Binondo, Intramuros, Bulacan, and Cebu. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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 Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|Best New Actor (Film)||Nominated|