- South Korea
- 108 min
- Directed by: Meul O
- Written by: Meul O
- Cast: Min-chul Sung, Jung-Won Yang, Young-soon Oh
- Language: Korean
Historical tale of the Jeju Massacre, in which American-influenced Korean troops brutally suppressed perceived communist activity on Korea's Jeju island in 1948. Although sensitively and respectfully made, it's let down by weak characterisation and a lack of socio-political background.
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
A poetic recreation of a long-hidden tragedy.
In 1948, Korean troops, under the direction of the U.S. military government, waged a brutal campaign against the inhabitants of the southern island of Jeju. This elegantly composed and mournful film focusses on two contrasting groups: a unit of soldiers who are under orders to wipe out a small village, and a band of villagers who hide in a cave.
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Jiseul28 Jun 2013
An impressively-realised historical drama from Korea sadly let down by weak characterisation
Widescreen and monochrome, expressively lit and chapter-headed, O Muel's film is a piece of cinema with a subject to match. In 1948 American influenced Korean troops brutally stamped out perceived communist activity on the southern island of Jeju.
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