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  • Movie: Going by the Book
  • Country: South Korea
  • Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Rating: 15+ Restricted (violence & profanity)


  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 786 users)
  • Ranked: #419
  • Popularity: #1592
  • Members: 1,400

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Going by the Book (2007)

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Ratings: 8.3/10 from 786 users
# of Members: 1,400
Reviews: 5 users
Ranked #419
Popularity #1592
Members 786

A string of bank robberies puts the public in a panic and they demand action from the newly appointed police chief to crack down on the perpetrators. In order to appease the residents of the city and carry out his own ambitions, the police chief appoints naive traffic cop Jung Do Man to infiltrate the world of the robbers.

  • Native title: 바르게 살자
  • Also Known as: Bareuge Salja;Let's Live Right
  • Screenwriters: Jang Jin
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2007
  • Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 786 users)
  • Ranked: #419
  • Popularity: #1592
  • Rating: 15+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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15 people found this review helpful
Apr 3, 2012
Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 10
The movie is great! one of those movies you just cannot miss...
it is quite entertaining since there is funny scenes and characters in it and the plot is excellent as well...
people who liked movies like Ocean's eleven, twelve etc would enjoy this one as well and also who like logical thinking and such
the story develops slowly and it is enjoyable as the lead character is quite interesting

it does not include any romance so those who wish to see that...well it is not in this movie~ :)
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6 people found this review helpful
Oct 23, 2012
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
Seriously, after finishing the movie, just before the credits all I could say was 'waah, Daebak!' The writing and scenarios were gold. You think you know the plot, but then PDnim/writernim twists it and you're left laughing out loud. I was genuinely shocked at times, and I think that's what catapulted this to a 10 instead of a 9. It's not really a funny cop movie. The ensemble cast was perfect, with Jung Jaeyoung leading naturally in his "quirky yet straight man" role. Son Byungho's charisma shone through even when he had few lines. The rest of the cast played their roles to the hilt- milking every gag, compressing tension -adding an absurdist feel to the film. If you like comedy then you have to watch this. The romance is light but you won't miss it -I promise this even though romcoms are my favorite genre.

Bottom line: Going By the Book is a slightly twisted comedy featuring an affable and quirky hero (who's actually a villain -sorta), that you have to see!

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