Time (2006 film)

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Korean name
Revised Romanization Sigan
McCune–Reischauer Sigan
Directed by Kim Ki-duk
Written by Kim Ki-duk
Starring Ha Jung-woo
Sung Hyun-ah
Distributed bySponge
Release date
  • June 30, 2006 (2006-06-30)
Running time
97 minutes
South Korea
Budget$1 million[ citation needed ]
Box office$185,299 [1] [2]

Time is the thirteenth feature film by South Korean director Kim Ki-duk. It premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on June 30, 2006.



Seh-hee and Ji-woo (Ha Jung-woo) are a young couple two years into their relationship. Though he never acts on his impulses, Ji-woo has something of a roving eye and Seh-hee is intensely jealous and fearful that Ji-woo will soon lose interest and leave her. Believing that Ji-woo is bored with seeing the same, boring her all the time, Seh-hee takes drastic action, leaving him without warning and having drastic cosmetic surgery, taking on a new face, which she hopes to use to snare him again, under an assumed identity, once she has healed. But when Ji-woo shows interest in this new and "improved" Seh-hee (Sung Hyun-ah), it triggers only more self-doubt and loathing. [3] After all, he may love the "new" girl, but does this mean that he has rejected the old? Seh-hee is utterly trapped in her own insecurities, a situation that prompts Ji-woo to take drastic action of his own.


Filming locations include Baemikkumi Sculpture Park in South Korea. [4] [5]


Of 34 critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes, 76% positively reviewed Time, with the critics' consensus being: "A tale of love and plastic surgery, Kim Ki-Duk's haunting film is both wryly comic and disturbing." [6] The film holds a 73/100 on Metacritic. [7]

Awards and nominations

2006 Chicago International Film Festival International Film CompetitionTimeWon
Sitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest FilmNominated
Best Make-UpJin JangWon
2nd Pyeongtaek Film FestivalNew Currents Best Actor Ha Jung-woo Won
200727th Oporto International Film Festival Best ActorWon

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