Crush and Blush

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Crush and Blush
Crush and Blush film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Misseu Hongdangmu
McCune–Reischauer Missŭ Hongdangmu
Directed by Lee Kyoung-mi
Produced by Park Chan-wook
Written by Lee Kyoung-mi
Park Eun-kyo
Park Chan-wook
Starring Gong Hyo-jin
Seo Woo
Lee Jong-hyuk
Hwang Woo-seul-hye
Music by Jang Young-gyu
Cinematography Kim Dong-young
Edited by Shin Min-kyung
Distributed by Vantage Holdings
Release date
  • October 16, 2008 (2008-10-16)
Running time
101 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget ₩1 billion[1]
Box office US$2.6 million[2]

Crush and Blush (Hangul미쓰 홍당무; RRMisseu Hongdangmu; lit. "Miss Hongdangmu" or "Miss Carrot") is a 2008 South Korean film. It is the feature film debut of director Lee Kyoung-mi,[3] and also the first film to be produced by Park Chan-wook.[4][5]

Crush and Blush premiered at the 13th Pusan International Film Festival,[6] and went on general release in South Korea on October 16, 2010.


Yang Mi-sook[7] is an unpopular and frumpy high school Russian teacher, who has a habit of going red in the face. For ten years she has been harbouring a crush on Seo Jong-cheol, her former teacher and now married colleague, though he is more interested in pretty new teacher Lee Yoo-ri. Mi-sook tries to put a halt to this blossoming romance, forming an unlikely alliance with Jong-cheol's daughter, Jong-hee.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]


Awards and nominations[edit]

2008 Blue Dragon Film Awards[15][16]

2008 Korean Film Awards[17][18]

2008 Director's Cut Awards[19][20]

2008 Women in Film Korea Awards[21]

2009 Baeksang Arts Awards

2009 New York Asian Film Festival[22][23][24][25]

2009 Buil Film Awards


Crush and Blush made its world premiere at the 13th Pusan International Film Festival, which ran from October 2–10, 2008.[6] After its theatrical release on October 16, 2008, it attracted 532,323 admissions,[26] and grossed a total of US$2,628,300.[2]


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  6. ^ a b D'Sa, Nigel (1 October 2008). "Korean World Premieres at PIFF 2008". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  7. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (19 December 2008). "JUN Ji-hyun and SUL Kyung-gu portrayed greatest characters". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  8. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (2 October 2008). "Kong Hyo-jin Shines in Crush". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  9. ^ Lee, Maggie (4 October 2008). "Film Review: Crush and Blush". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  10. ^ Elley, Derek (17 November 2008). "Crush and Blush". Variety. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  11. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (23 September 2011). "Director displays guts and playfulness in her first outing". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  12. ^ Mudge, James (21 March 2009). "Crush and Blush (2008) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  13. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Crush and Blush". Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  14. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (15 October 2008). "Speak your mind, don't hold back, no matter what". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  15. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (26 November 2008). "Forever Wins Korea's Top Blue Dragon". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  16. ^ "Crush and Blush - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  17. ^ Han, Sunhee (4 December 2008). "Korean Film Awards catch Chaser". Variety. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  18. ^ "Korea Film Awards Honor Year's Bests". KBS World. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  19. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (10 December 2008). "Ha, Kong Win Director's CUT Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  20. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (19 December 2008). "Directors select KONG Hyo-jin and HA Jung-woo". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  21. ^ Paquet, Darcy (19 December 2008). "Women in Film Korea (WIFK) honor LIM and GONG". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  22. ^ Szalai, Georg (24 June 2009). "Rising Stars honored at NYAFF". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  23. ^ "So Ji-seop, Kong Hyo-jin Receive Rising Star Award". KBS Global. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  24. ^ Oxenbridge, David (2 July 2009). "Korean Stars Honoured at NYAFF". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  25. ^ Webb, Charles (28 June 2009). "NYAFF 09: Kong Hyo-Jin Interview". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  26. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2008: Box-Office Admission Results". Retrieved 2013-04-27. 

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