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Enlightenment (할 - 喝)

할 - 喝 (Hal)

Directed by Yoon Yong-jin (윤용진)

Screenplay by


86min | Release date in South Korea :

Orphans Woo-cheon and Michael have lived in the orphanage like brothers. Michael becomes a Catholic priest, and Woo-cheon becomes a Buddhist monk. Woo-cheon goes on a 2-day journey and reaches enlightenment and meets Michael again.

Production Note:
"Hal" is a word that a Buddhist teacher uses to scold a student so that the student can reach enlightenment. It is read as "kal" but pronounced as "hal".


Enlightenment | Cast

  • Woo Sang-jeon (우상전)
    Woo Sang-jeon

    Monk Cheongsong
  • Jo Yong-joo (조용주)
    Jo Yong-joo

    Monk Woo-cheon
  • Ahn Hong-jin (안홍진)
    Ahn Hong-jin

    Father Michael
    (미카엘 신부)
  • Son Joon-hyeok (손준혁)
    Woo-cheon as a child
    (우천 아역)
  • Han Tae-yang (한태양)
    Michael as a child
    (미카엘 아역)
  • Jeong Mi-gam (정미감)
    Monk Goo-ji

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  • Korean literature in English #8

    2014/02/15, Source,
    The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English in the U.S. last year. (photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea) The eighth part of the ten-volume Library of Korean Literature series is "The Soil" penned by Yi Kwang-su (1892-1950). This work, a novel about the Enlightenment of farmers, was featured as one of the 75 Notable Translations for 2013 in the December issue of World Literature Today last year, an American monthly magazine covering international literature and culture,...More
  • Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [2]

    2014/02/09, Source,
    *This is the second part in our series, "Gat, traditional headgear in Korea". The development of the gat over time: Changes in dress codes and hats In terms of headgear, the representative hat for Joseon-era men was the gat, whose socio-cultural context far surpasses the dictionary definition of the term. The development of the gat has implications not only with regard to the influence of Confucianism during the Joseon period (1392-1910), but also by representing the development of indigenous headwear in Korea. As can be imagined, a diverse range of gat existed during the 500 plus years of the Joseon period. There was the paeraengi, the chorip, the heukrip, the baekrip, the jurip, the okrorip, the jeonrip, the bangnip and the sakkat, for example, all to be worn according to one's social status and depending on the occasion. In particular, the heukrip was the foremost exemplar of Joseon-era headgear, as it was the representative official hat over the five centuries of the Yi Dynasty's reign. To date, it remains in use for ceremonial purposes,...More
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    2014/01/10, Source,
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  • Korean literature receives international recognition

    2013/12/29, Source,
    (From left) Book covers of the translations of "The Soil" written by Yi Kwang-su and "Magnolia and Lotus" written by Hyesim (Images courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea) Two works of Korean literature were recently included on a list of notable translations this year, as selected by a well-known U.S. literature monthly. World Literature Today (WLT) announced a list of "75 Notable Translations 2013" in its December edition which includes translations of two Korean works: "The Soil" written by Yi Kwang-su and translated by Hwang Sun-ae & Horace Jeffery Hodges, and "Magnolia and Lotus" written by Hyesim and translated by Ian Haight & T'ae-yŏng Hŏ,...More
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 Yoon Yong-jin (윤용진)
86 min HD 16/9
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Airing dates : 2010/10/14
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As of 2010.10.31 : 3,438 admissions (total)
As of 2010.10.24 : 2,568 admissions (total)
As of 2010.10.17 : 1,030 admissions (total)

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