The Attorney

The Attorney (2013)

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Song Woo Seok graduated from high school and eventually passed the bar. He is now an attorney in Busan specializing in tax law. The only reason that he became an attorney is for the money. Unlike other attorneys around him, he hands out his business card to pick up clients. One day, his views are changed by student activist Jin Woo. Because of this, Jin Woo is brutally tortured and put on read moretrial. Song Woo Seok decides to defend Jin Woo as his client. ~ Inspired by the real-life "Burim case" of 1981.

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Jun 13, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
To think that The Attorney was Yang Woo Seok’s directional debut is a bit hard to believe. It feels as if one of South Korea’s veteran directors made this one.

This film is one of 2013’s most critically acclaimed films domestically and that doesn’t surprise me a bit. You see, The Attorney is based on the real-life story of the ex-president Roh Moo Hyun’s early years, when he used to be an read more attorney and human rights activist. It also takes a controversial case from 1981 as its main focus. This film is neither a legal thriller nor a courtroom drama. It doesn’t focus on a desperate attorney trying to win a case or someone trying to prove his innocence; it’s more like a serious depiction of the social and political status in South Korea back in the days. Something low-keyed but contains greater value.

The emotions and reactions throughout the film were quite penetrating. You’ve got to give director Yang Woo Seok credit for what he did with the storytelling, he didn’t only direct this film but he also wrote it himself creating a respectable piece. He didn’t use anything that’s high-profiled because basic elements and some emotions-play were more than enough to deliver great developments and captivating events.

Without doubt, no one can deny Song Kang Ho’s astonishing acting skills, he’s able to grab any character and make you feel it throughout. It was impressive how he delivered Song’s character, every emotion and every facial expression were too involving. It’s not for naught that Kang Ho ahjussi is one of the fewest critically acclaimed actors in and outside South Korea. The rest of the cast delivered so well, the director knew how to pick his actors because a little exaggerated acting would’ve blown everything into thin air but gladly, none of that happened here.

Considering the fact that this film was set in the late 70’s and the beginning of the 80’s, the cinematography felt fitting but not more than the music, it had an important part to make you connect to the characters and events.

Watch this if:
-You like films that are based on true-life events and characters.
-You like to watch an interesting film about politics in South Korea 30 years ago.
-You like Song Kang Ho; this is one of his better performances.

Do not watch if:
-You’re not into romance-free films with somewhat slow development.
-You’re looking for something light or thriller-like.

The Attorney is an interesting film that concentrates on political and social issues in South Korea back in the 80’s. It’s absolutely a success for the newbie director Yang Woo Seok and a wonderful introduction to follow his work in the future.
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Feb 10, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
This story reminded me of Miracle of Cell No. 7 in its general themes (which actually came after this show, but I watched Miracle first), yet in several ways it differs. I'm glad to say that this movie doesn't feel emotionally manipulative, although the story progresses nicely from emotional lows to victorious emotional highs. And that's something I really enjoy about it.

Song Kang-ho brings 110% to every role he plays. I read more thoroughly enjoyed his performance, as always. He put in a convincing performance for a character who starts off in the story as a slimy and money-faced lawyer, but grows and evolves to become a man and a lawyer of conviction who is utterly convicted of his beliefs, and who you would be proud to support. Kim Young-ae puts in such a moving performance as Jin-woo's kind-hearted and wise mother. Im Shi-wan is really good as a fresh-faced but principled young man.

This movie was a hit in Korea, understandably so. It addresses a pretty recent part of Korean history, it appropriately brings you through the emotional highs and lows, is based on a true story, and has a fantastic cast. Highly recommended.
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Both movies are set under the authoritarian regime of Chun Doo Hwan. The Attorney is about a tax lawyer who defends the case of students who have been arrested and tortured on fabricated charges. 1987 is about the June Democratic Uprising that happened when the truth regarding the death and torture of Park Jong Chul came to light.
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    4winkay May 21, 2017

    Woah, great movie. Siwannie is good here.

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    BeautifulSwan Jan 11, 2017

    What make me love it that It's a movie about a real life of South Korea's ex president, Roh Moo-Hyun, the event is real, it's an eye opener! Amazing.

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    Syranus May 8, 2016

    Dropped. The subtitle is bad it's making me yawn.

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    MoriahBueb Jan 8, 2016

    The movie is amazing but it's been 40 something years from the events of this movie and South Korea still doesn't recognize human rights.

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    Becka8911 Dec 29, 2014

    I am becoming a of Si Wan so I decided to watch this movie because I saw he was in it. Wow this movie really blew me away. I am really into movies that are about human rights and injustices, especially if they are based off of true events. I think all the actors did a great job. I especially paid attention to Si Wan's acting since I am slowing becoming a fan. I was really impressed with his acting in this drama as well. I think the actors did't go over the top with their emotions. If felt realistic and not over dramatize. I also liked the the plot didn't drag, since the movie is about 2 hours long. It flowed really well. Since it's about a court case it didn't feel like a typical court movie. I liked that most of the movie wasn't spent in a court room. I highly recommend this drama.

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    tvxqjung Nov 25, 2014

    Oh wow.... Song Kang Ho. I'm speechless

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    eoniii Oct 20, 2014 - edited

    Can someone clarify the ending?

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      MinamiNiji Dec 21, 2014

      Yes I want to know that too ;__;

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      rainecat Jan 21, 2015
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      Bongsookie Jan 13, 2016

      @rainecat, bless you for explaining the ending. Now I understood it so much better and realised what a masterpiece this movie was! Thanks ^^

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      Abie Mar 10, 2017

      I must add that years later, he became the 9th president of South Korea. Also, some of the convicted are now free.

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    prettytin Sep 13, 2014 - edited

    finally saw the movie! a must-watch.
    great acting!!!

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    mikachan Aug 10, 2014

    This movie is amazing and I'm still wondering why is the ranking so low??

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    prettytin Jun 7, 2014 - edited

    i've been searching for a month already for english subs but i still can't find any.. anyone knows where?

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      prettytin Jul 11, 2014

      finally! thank you so much :)

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      prettytin Jul 11, 2014

      i think this is the same one as i found in youtube and the subs are not really good.. also as mentioned in the comments section of youtube

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      rachel Sep 27, 2014

      The subs for this link are terrible

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    supalove May 8, 2014

    guys if anybody knows where i can watch this please PLEASE comment cause i'm really pissed that i can't watch this!!

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    ELFfreak Nov 20, 2013

    omg that cast *_*

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    Enrique_Kkae-Geum Jun 28, 2013

    omo my baby siwan can't wait love you oppa


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  • Release Date:

    Dec 18, 2013
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 7 min.


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    8.5 (scored by 522 users)
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