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National Security (Namyeong-dong 1985)

National Security (Namyeong-dong 1985)
  • 2012
  • South Korea
  • 110 min
  • Directed by: Ji-yeong Jeong
  • Cast: Kim Eui-Seong, Kim Jung-gi, Eui-sung Kim
  • Language: Korean

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National Security (Namyeong-dong 1985)

The anatomy of inhumanity.

Set in 1985, this is the true story of a pro-democracy activist who was interrogated and tortured for three weeks by government agents at South Korea’s notorious Namyeong-dong detention centre. With a calm and compassionate style, the director depicts the mechanics of torture, the interrelationships among the captors and their prey, and the prisoner’s desperate efforts to come up with a fake confession that will hold up to scrutiny. Superb performances make this a riveting film.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: Korean Cinema

7 Jun 2013

EIFF 2013 exploration of South Korean cinema promises to enlighten

When Bong Joon-ho’s The Host screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2006, audiences applauded the Korean director’s deliriously unpretentious monster movie as a breath of fresh air. His English-language debut Snowpiercer (recently shot…

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