For Horowitz

For Horowitz (Korean: 호로비츠를 위하여; RR: Horobicheu-reul Wihayeo; lit. “Hurrah for Horowitz”) is a 2006 South Korean drama film directed by Kwon Hyung-jin and starring Uhm Jung-hwa, Shin Eui-jae and Park Yong-woo.[1][2][3][4]

2006 South Korean film
For Horowitz

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Directed by Kwon Hyung-jin
Written by Kim Min-sook
Produced by Cha Seung-jae
Kim Mi-hee
Starring Uhm Jung-hwa
Shin Eui-jae
Park Yong-woo
Cinematography Hwang Dong-guk
Edited by Steve M. Choe
Kim Chang-ju
Music by Lee Byung-woo
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release date
  • May 25, 2006 (2006-05-25)
Running time
108 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$2,534,758

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Kim Ji-soo is a 30-year-old single woman who once dreamed about becoming a world-class pianist, but ends up opening a small neighborhood piano school on the outskirts of Seoul, where she teaches children to play.

She then meets Yoon Gyung-min, a 7-year-old orphaned boy who starts pestering her for no apparent reason. Gyung-min’s parents died in a car accident, and he now lives with his uncaring grandmother. He is a troublemaker, emotionally distant from his peers, and possibly autistic.

When Ji-soo discovers that Gyung-min has untapped musical genius, she becomes determined to turn him into a renowned pianist like Vladimir Horowitz. She does this for her own selfish reasons, because if she gains the reputation of being a great piano teacher, that would lead to her school’s success.

She uses music to communicate with her gifted student, ruthlessly giving him intensive piano lessons to prepare him for competitions. But their relationship turns maternal when Ji-soo realizes what the boy really needs is love.

  • Uhm Jung-hwa as Kim Ji-soo
  • Shin Eui-jae as Yoon Gyung-min
  • Park Yong-woo as Shim Kwang-ho
  • Choi Seon-ja as Gyung-min’s grandmother
  • Yoon Ye-ri as Jung-eun
  • Jung In-gi as Ji-soo’s older brother
  • Yang Kkot-nim as Ji-soo’s sister-in-law
  • Park Young-seo as Pizza shop employee
  • Ko Tae-ho as Bo-ram
  • Lee Seung-hyun as Yoo-sik
  • Kang Soo-jin as Ye-ri
  • Choi Yoon-sun as So-young
  • Kim Bo-ra as Min-hee
  • Seo Ji-ah as Mi-ra
  • Lee Oi-seon as Cleaner Lee
  • Kim Jong-min as Taekwondo Kim
  • Jo Seok-hyun as Video Park
  • Julius Jeongwon Kim as Adult Gyung-min (cameo)[5]

For Horowitz was released in South Korea on May 25, 2006. It drew 544,656 admissions during its theatrical run.[6]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2006 27thBlue Dragon Film Awards[7] Best Actress Uhm Jung-hwa Nominated
Best New Director Kwon Hyung-jin Nominated
Best Music Lee Byung-woo Nominated
Technical Award Ryu Hyeon (Sound) Nominated
5th Korean Film Awards[7] Best Actress Uhm Jung-hwa Nominated
Best Music Lee Byung-woo Won
2007 44thGrand Bell Awards[8] Best Actress Uhm Jung-hwa Nominated
Best New Director Kwon Hyung-jin Won
Best Screenplay Kim Min-sook Nominated
Best Editing Steve M. Choe, Kim Chang-ju Nominated
Best Music Lee Byung-woo Nominated
Best Sound Ryu Hyeon, Choi Tae-young Nominated
10th Shanghai International Film Festival[9] Asia New Talent Award For Horowitz Nominated

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