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The Tenor (2014)

The talented Korean tenor, Bae, who penetrate the audience's hears through his delicate and powerful singing, is on the rise to stardom at the European opera scene. Sawada, a Japanese music... See full summary »


Sang Man Kim


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Credited cast:
Ji-Tae Yoo ... Bae Jae-chul
Yûsuke Iseya ... Sawada Koji
Ye-ryeon Cha ... Lee, Yun-Hee
Kii Kitano ... Shinohara Misaki
Natasa Tapuskovic Natasa Tapuskovic ... Melina
Dragan Micanovic ... Paolo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Svetozar Cvetkovic Svetozar Cvetkovic ... Florian
Dean Dawson ... Opera Aficionado
Tiziana Ducati Tiziana Ducati
Srdjan Karanovic Srdjan Karanovic ... The Reporter
Marko Stojanovic ... Dr.Franz


The talented Korean tenor, Bae, who penetrate the audience's hears through his delicate and powerful singing, is on the rise to stardom at the European opera scene. Sawada, a Japanese music producer, is searching for a new tenor for an upcoming performance. He watches a performance of Bae and invites him to Japan, which marks the beginning of friendship. But, the thyroid cancer strikes Bae. During an operation, the nerves of his vocal cords has be cut due to the widely spread cancer. Unfortunately, Ba ends up losing his voice at the peak of his career. Sawada cant's stand to watch Bae's miserable so he starts to look for a solution. Written by Anonymous

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South Korea | Serbia | Japan


Japanese | English | Korean

Release Date:

11 October 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tenor Lirico Spinto See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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For his role, actor Ji-Tae Yoo practiced singing everyday for more than a year and underwent further vocal training to acquire the technique to believably lip sync every opera song he sings in the film; he also took English lessons. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits state that the film is based on a true story (as it really is), yet they include in small letters the standard disclaimer that "all characters are entirely fictitious, and any resemblance between them and real people is pure coincidence." See more »

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Inspiring True Story
24 July 2015 | by kmokaSee all my reviews

Bravo! This inspiring true story of Asia's finest Opera voice is a beautiful testimony of abiding friendship, trust and love. The story dramatically unfolds in the cut-throat world of the Opera music industry.

Mr. Jae-Chul is played by Ji-Tae Yu; however, the audio soundtrack of the operatic performances are taken from real live recordings of Mr. Jae-Chul's voice before tragedy strikes. In my opinion, just getting to listen to the soundtrack makes this movie a worthwhile event.

Sawada's enduring friendship and faith in Jae-Chul before and after the tragedy makes one realize that true friendships are a necessity in even the most cut-throat of industries.

I just heard Mr. Jae-Chul sing in Tokyo last Sunday. Sawada was still at his side and Jae-Chul is still magnificent!

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