GenreComedy, Sport Budget1.6 million USD WriterJee-Woon Kim LanguageKorean
Release dateFebruary 4, 2000 (2000-02-04) Initial releaseJanuary 29, 2000 (South Korea) CastSong Kang-ho (Dae-Ho), Goo Shin (Dae-Ho's father), Jang Jin-young (Min-young Jang), Ho-kyung Go, Hang-Seon Jang, Jung Woong-in Similar moviesRelated Kim Jee-woon movies
The Foul King (Hangul: 반칙왕; RR: Banchikwang) is a 2000 South Korean comedy-drama film, written and directed by Kim Jee-woon. It was Kim's second feature-length film after The Quiet Family. Like the director's debut film, The Foul King also stars Song Kang-ho, this time as an incompetent bank clerk who takes up a career in professional wrestling, adopting the moniker "The Foul King" in the ring.
Im Dae-ho (Song Kang-ho) has been a huge fan of professional wrestling since his childhood. In South Korea, a wrestler called Kim Il was a big star in the 1970s, but Dae-ho preferred a cheating fighter called Ultra Tiger Mask. Years later, when his job at a bank isn't going well, Dae-ho decides to try professional wrestling himself.