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National Security (남영동1985)

남영동1985 (nam-yeong-dong1985)

Directed by Chung Ji-young (정지영)

Screenplay by , , ,


110min | Release date in South Korea :

In 1985, Jong-tae Kim was illegally kidnapped in front of his wife and children and forcefully imprisoned by agents in the Namyoung area. And savage torture began.

Professional interrogator and torturer Doo-han Lee was at the center of the fabricated incident. He was a no nonsense expert in interrogations and tortures, yet a cold-blooded man who never hesitated or felt remorse in driving his interrogation victims to their deaths.

20 years have passed, Korea is a democracy, and Kim, who now holds a rank of a Minister, is on the way to meet Lee in prison. Kim cannot stand bear to put his hand on Lee’s shoulder as Lee kneels down and asks forgiveness. Now Kim thinks about the cruel past, the deep scars left in his mind, and the possibility of forgiveness.


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 Jeong Hwan-seok (정환석)
 Production department
 Chung Ji-young (정지영)
 Production department
 Kang Min-hee (강민희)
 Jeong Sang-hyeop (정상협)
 Assistant director
 Ko Im-pyo (고임표)
 Lee Dae-il (이대일)
 Production department
 Kang Min-hee (강민희)
 Kim Yong-soo (김용수)
 Stunt/martial arts department
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Airing dates : 2012/11/22
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As of 2012.12.23 : 332 138 admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.16 : 330 840  admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.09 : 326 543 admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.02 : 305 802  admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.25 : 188 020  admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.18 : 6 774 admissions (total)

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This movie is very hard to watch. Only watch it if you are prepared to see very gruesome and disturbing scenes. It really opened my eyes to the kind of disgusting things that were going on behind the public's eyes at that time..
2013-05-16 22:17:55
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