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A Violent Prosecutor

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Hanja  檢事外傳
McCune–Reischauer  Kŏmsaoejŏn
Written by  Lee Il-hyung
Cinematography  Choi Chan-Min
6.6/10 IMDb

Hangul  검사외전
Revised Romanization  Geomsaoejeon
Directed by  Lee Il-hyung
Director  Lee Il-hyung
Distributor  Showbox
A Violent Prosecutor asianwikicomimagesdd2AViolentProsecutorp1jpg
Initial release  3 February 2016 (South Korea)
Nominations  Blue Dragon Film Award for Best New Director
Cast  Kang Dong‑Won, Hwang Jung‑min, Park Sung‑woong, Lee Sung‑min, Shin So‑yul
Similar  Prosecutor movies, Other similar movies

A Violent Prosecutor is a 2016 South Korean crime film directed by Lee Il-hyung, produced by Guk Su Ran and starring Hwang Jung-min, Kang Dong-won, Lee Sung-min and Park Sung-woong. It was released in South Korea on February 3, 2016 by Showbox.



Byun Jae-Wook (Hwang Jung-min), is a short-tempered prosecutor who only pursues the truth. He is notorious for his rough and tough investigations. A suspect who is a small-time criminal, under the interrogation of Byun Jae-Wook, is then found dead. All the evidences indicate Byun Jae-Wook as the criminal. Byun Jae-Wook is prosecuted and gets 15 years in prison.

At first he is ill-treated by the prisoners. He helps some guards to avoid court room fees and in other legal matters. This gains him a special position in prison. He helps out both the officers and prisoners who are in jail through his legal knowledge and experiences. This makes prisoners loyal to him and he treats them well whenever he receives gifts from the guards. People in jail call him as “Sir Young Gam” which means clever person.

Five years later, Byun Jae-Wook meets young fraudster Chi-Won (Kang Dong-won), in prison. Chi-Won knows details about Byun Jae-Wook’s case. Byun Jae-Wook trains Chi-Won to carry out his plan outside of prison. Using his knowledge as a former prosecutor, he gets Chi-Won free. Byun Jae-Wook prepares a counterattack on those who framed him. Chi-Won though takes the chance to get away from Byun Jae-Wook but the other prisoners whom Byun Jae-Wook has helped getting an early release doesn’t let Chi-Won get away. Byun Jae-Wook and Chi-Won get together and starts planning against Jong-Gil (Lee Sung-min) who was the Asst. Prosecutor General during Byun Jae-Wook trial period and the person who had convinced Byun Jae-Wook to defend himself in a self-defense manner which resulted in his jail time. It is revealed Jong-Gil, who is running in an upcoming election now, was then working with a Builder, to encroach an ecologically significant land. The rest of the film follows how Byun Jae-Wook through Chi-Won piles up evidences against Jong-Gil and gains his freedom.

Main characters

  • Hwang Jung-min as Byun Jae-wook
  • Kang Dong-won as Chi-won
  • Lee Sung-min as Assistant Prosecutor General Jong-gil
  • Park Sung-woong as Yang Min-wu
  • Kim Byeong-ok as President Park
  • Han Chae-young as Jang Hyun-seok
  • Kim Ung-su as Kang Young-sik, the Congressman
  • Shin So-yul as Kim Ha-na
  • Reception

    The film grossed US$22 million in the first four days of release at the South Korean box office. A Violent Prosecutor is the 2nd highest-grossing South Korean film of 2016, with a US$66.6 million worldwide gross.


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