Sinkhole (Korean: RR: Singkeuhol) is a catastrophe comedy film directed by Kim Ji-hoon and starring Cha Seung-won, Kim Sung-kyun, Lee Kwang-soo, and Kim Hye-jun that was released in South Korea in 2021. It’s about a typical man’s house, which took 11 years to build yet may be dropped into a sinkhole 500 meters beneath in less than a minute.
The film, which cost $15 billion to make, was supposed to be released during the Chuseok holidays in 2020, but it was postponed owing to the recurrence of the COVID-19 epidemic. On August 6, it had its global premiere at the 74th Locarno Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. On August 11, 2021, it was released in theaters.
Within six days of its release, the film had surpassed one million admissions at the box office, making it the fastest Korean film to accomplish so in 2021. It is currently ranked number 5 by the Korean Picture Council among all films released in South Korea in 2021, with a gross of US$18.18 million and 2.18 million admissions, making it the year’s second highest-grossing Korean film.
Sinkhole Release Date
Showbox secured pre-sales deals for the picture in Taiwan (MovieCloud), Hong Kong (Edko Films), Indonesia (Falcon), the Philippines (MVP Viva), Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and East Timor, according to reports (Encore Films)
The film was selected for the 74th Locarno Film Festival’s Piazza Grande section, which ran from August 4 to 14. On August 6, it had its global premiere at the film festival. In South Korea, it was released in theaters on August 11, 2021.
Sinkhole was the closing film of the 20th New York Asian Film Festival, which took place on August 22 at Silas Theatre and SVA Theatre. It was also invited to the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, which will take place from August 13 to August 20, 2021. It was shown in the festival’s ‘Kinoscope’ category. It was also screened at the ‘Gateway’ section of the 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival on October 1, 2021. It was also selected for the 26th Busan International Film Festival’s ‘Korean Cinema Today – Panorama Section,’ and will be presented on October 7, 2021.
Plot Summary & Review
After 11 years of hard work, Park Dong-won (Kim Sung-kyun) and his family move into a house they bought. They invite their buddies to a housewarming celebration. A severe nighttime downpour generates a massive sinkhole that engulfs the house and the people within in less than a minute. Park, his neighbor Jeong Man-soo (Cha Seung-won), and the other visitors must discover a way out of the pit. As fate would have it, rain begins to fall once more, filling the sinkhole. They must discover a solution before the time limit expires.
- Cha Seung-won as Jeong Man-soo, a resident who struggles day and night to raise his son alone
- Kim Sung-kyun as Park Dong-won
- Lee Kwang-soo as Kim Seung-hyeon
- Kim Hye-jun as Eun-joo
- Kim Hong-pa as Head of a department Seo
- Ko Chang-seok as Rescue captain
- Kwon So-hyun as Yeong-i
- Nam Da-reum as Seung-tae, a son who is not friendly with his father
- Lee Hak-joo
- Kim Jae-hwa
- Han Tae-rin as Ahn Hyo-jeong
- Jeon Eun-mi Grandmother Mrs. Oh’s daughter
- Oh Ja-hun as Seong-hoon
- Na Chul
- Hangul 싱크홀
- Revised Romanization Singkeuhol
- Directed by Kim Ji-hoon
- Screenplay by Jeon Cheol-hong
- Produced by Lee Soo-nam
- Starring Cha Seung-won
- Cinematography Shin Tae-ho
- Edited by Shin Min-kyung
- Music by Kim Tae-seong
- Production company
The Tower Pictures
Distributed by Showbox
- Release date
August 6, 2021 (LFF)
August 11, 2021 (South Korea)
- Running time 117 minutes
- Country South Korea
- Language Korean
- Budget ₩15 billion
- Box office est. US$18.18 million