Release dateMarch 28, 2003 (2003-03-28) Initial releaseMarch 28, 2003 (South Korea) Music directorJo Seong-woo, Yong-rock Choi ScreenplayJang Gyu-seong, Lee Won-hyung CastCha Seung-won (Kim Bong-du), Byun Hee-bong (Mr Choi), Lee Jae-eung (So-seok Yang), Ji-ru Sung (Chun-shik), Eung-soo Kim Similar moviesByun Hee-bong and Eung-soo Kim appear in My Teacher - Mr Kim and Lovely Rivals
My Teacher, Mr. Kim (Hangul: 선생 김봉두; RR: Seonsaeng Kim Bong-du; lit. "Teacher Kim Bong-du") is a 2003 South Korean comedy-drama film about a man's transformation from a flawed scoundrel into a conscientious teacher when he gets transferred to a rural village school.
Kim Bong-doo is a young teacher in a Seoul elementary school. He comes to school later than the students, and is scolded by the principal everyday. Instead of preparing lesson plans, he goes drinking at room salons, and he actively encourages and coaxes parents to give him bribe money in exchange for his favoring their children. But one day, he finally gets caught in the act, and becomes the target of parent complaints.
So Mr. Kim gets temporarily transferred to the boondocks, a branch school in a remote village in Gangwon Province. In the countryside, cell phones are useless and even buying cigarettes at the nearest corner store is out of the question. There are only five students in the whole school, and he's also discontented with the extremely naive villagers who offer him all sorts of vegetables and fruits instead of money. To make matters worse, a grumpy old man named Mr. Choi blackmails him into teaching him the Korean alphabet.
Driven to near insanity by boredom and peace, Mr. Kim maps out a plan to transfer all of his students to Seoul, thereby closing down the rural school. For starters, Mr. Kim begins an after-school program to focus on developing each student's special talents so that they'll want to get a better education in Seoul. Contrary to his bad intentions, this results in a happy, supportive environment for the children and the village community, such that the school officials reconsider their policy of closing down the school because of Mr. Kim's "wonderful devotion" to the kids.
But when a businessman unexpectedly appears, saying he'd like to turn the school into a survival game site, Mr. Kim becomes tempted by money once again.