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12.12: The Day


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12.12: The Day Movie Details:

Original title서울의 봄
Literal meaningSpring in Seoul
Revised RomanizationSeoul-ui bom
Country South Korea
Language Korean
GenreHistorical, Action, Drama
Release dateNovember 22, 2023
Running time2hr 21min
CastHwang Jung-min
Jung Woo-sung
Lee Sung-min
Park Hae-joon
Kim Sung-kyun
Directed by Kim Sung-su
Screenplay byKim Sung-su
Produced byKim Won-kuk
Cinematography by Lee Mo-gae
Edited by Kim Sang-beom
Music byLee Jae-jin
Production CompanyHive Media Corp.
Distributor Megabox Plus M

12.12: The Day Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Hwang Jung-min as Major General Chun Doo-gwang: based on Chun Doo-hwan, who later became the 5th President of South Korea
  • Jung Woo-sung as Major General Lee Tae-shin: based on Jang Tae-wan, Commander of the Capital Garrison Command
  • Lee Sung-min as General Jeong Sang-ho: based on Jeong Seung-hwa, Army Chief of Staff
  • Park Hae-joon as Major General Noh Tae-geon: based on Roh Tae-woo, an ally of Chun Doo-hwan who later became the 6th President of South Korea
  • Kim Sung-kyun as Brigadier General Kim Jun-yeop: based on Kim Jin-ki [ko], the military police inspector at the Army Headquarters
  • Kim Eui-sung as Oh Guk-sang: based on Roh Jae-hyun, who served as the 21st Minister of National Defense
  • Jung Dong-hwan as President Choi Han-gyu: based on Choi Kyu-hah, the 4th President of South Korea
  • Ahn Nae-sang as Lieutenant General Han Young-gu: based on Hwang Young-si, 1st Corps Commander
  • Choi Byung-mo as Brigadier General Do Hee-cheol: based on Park Hee-do, 1st Airborne Special Forces Brigade Commander
  • Park Hoon as Colonel Moon Il-pyeong: based on Heo Hwa-pyeong, one of Chun Doo-hwan’s closest associates
  • Lee Jae-yoon as Lieutenant Colonel Lim Hak-ju: based on Lee Hak-bong , who investigated Jeong Seung-hwa during the revolt
  • Kim Sung-oh as Brigadier General Kim Chang-se: based on Choi Se-chang, 3rd Airborne Special Forces Brigade Commander
  • Park Won-sang as Lieutenant General Go Jae-young: based on Lee Kun-young, Commander of the 3rd Field Army
  • Nam Yun-Ho as Colonel Kang Dong-Chan: subordinate to Major General Lee Tae-shin and Brigade Commander in the Capital Garrison Command
  • Yoo Seong-joo as Lieutenant General Min Seong-bae: Vice Chief of Staff who takes command after Jeong Sang-ho is kidnapped.
  • Hong Seo-jun as Ha Chang-soo: a personnel officer at the security agency.
  • Ahn Se-ho as Jang Min-ki
  • Jeon Su-ji as Lee Tae-shin’s wife
  • Paul Battle as U.S. Ambassador to Korea
  • Jung Man-sik as Major General Gong Soo-hyuk: based on Jeong Byeong-ju, Commander of the Army Special Forces Command
  • Jung Hae-in as Major Oh Jin-ho: based on Kim Oh-rang, chief of staff to Jeong Byeong-ju
  • Lee Joon-hyuk as Warrant Officer Kwon Hyung-jin, a security officer for Jeong Sang-ho


After President Park’s assassination, martial law is declared. Security commander Chun Doo-gwang (Hwang Jung-min) and the officers who follow him stage a coup. Lee Tae-shin (Jung Woo-sung), a stubborn commander of the Capital Garrison Command who believes that soldiers should not take political action, fights against Chun Doo-gwang. As the conflict between the two men grows, the military leaders postpone their decisions, and the Minister of Defense disappears. In this chaos, spring in Seoul, which everyone longs for, heads in an unexpected direction.

12.12: The Day Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget₩23 billion
Worldwide CollectionUS$96.2 million

As of December 3, 2023, 12.12: The Day has grossed $34.2 million with a running total of 4.66 million tickets sold so far. It became the biggest film of 2023 in Korea when it grossed $90.5 million by the end of December 2023. By the end of February 2024, the film grossed over $96 million.

About 12.12: The Day Movie:

12.12: The Day (Korean: 서울의 봄; Seoul-ui bom; Spring in Seoul ) is a South Korean historical action drama film directed by Kim Sung-su, starring Hwang Jung-min, Jung Woo-sung, Lee Sung-min, Park Hae-joon, and Kim Sung-kyun.

Principal photography began in February 2022 and ended in July 2022.

Director Kim Sung-su revealed at the press conference that he was a senior in high school at the time of the Coup d’état of December Twelfth and was living in Hannam-dong, Seoul, where the incident occurred. He left his house and was walking around the neighborhood, and when he heard a gunshot from the Army Chief of Staff’s official residence, he went there, but the soldiers controlled it. He was scared because he heard gunshots all night and he couldn’t get close, but he was full of curiosity and questions at the time because he couldn’t figure out what was going on, which led him to make this film.

The Headquarter of the Korean Army is shot at Headquarter of Kyungpook National University in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province.

It was released theatrically on November 22, 2023, and became the highest-grossing Korean film of 2023, earning over $96 million against a budget of ₩23 billion.

In the film, similar pseudonyms are used instead of the real persons’ names and, although it is based on real events, there are also fictional elements.


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