GenreAction, Drama ScreenplayHuh Jong-ho WriterJong-ho Huh LanguageKorean
Release dateSeptember 13, 2011 (2011-09-13) (Toronto)
September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) (South Korea) Initial releaseSeptember 29, 2011 (South Korea) CastLee Kyoung-Young (Jo Myung-suk), Oh Man-seok (Swy), Jeon Do-yeon (Cha Ha-yeon), Jung Jae-Young (Tae Gun-ho), Min (Jang Hyeon-ji) Similar moviesJeon Do-yeon and Jung Jae-young appear in Countdown and No Blood No Tears
Countdown trailer festival 2011
Countdown (Hangul: 카운트다운; RR: Kawoonteudawoon) is a 2011 caper film that takes the audience on an entertaining journey through the underbelly of South Korea. Starring two of the country's top actors Jeon Do-yeon and Jung Jae-young, this highly assured debut feature by Huh Jong-ho premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Tae Gun-ho (Jung Jae-young) is the best debt collection agent in his firm, admired by his colleagues and dreaded by those he visits. He’s known for gathering his debts by any means necessary and keeps a cattle prod handy while on the job. Following a series of unexpected fainting spells, Tae is told by a doctor that he has liver cancer, and would need a transplant to have any chance of surviving beyond three months. So, Tae Gun-ho puts his professional skills to work, setting out to collect a different sort of debt by tracking down the recipients of organs donated by his late son. First among his sources for a liver is Cha Ha-yeon (Jeon Do-yeon), a beguiling fraudster with a long list of enemies.
Locating Cha turns out to be easy, since she’s about to be released from prison. The deal she proposes, however, which includes getting even with the sleazy crime boss who set her up, jeopardizes Tae’s future. He struggles desperately to keep Cha, and her liver, safe until the transplant — meanwhile Cha has other plans.