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The Crucible (도가니)

도가니 (Do-ga-ni)

Directed by Hwang Dong-hyeok (황동혁)

Screenplay by


125min | Release date in South Korea :

Also known as "Dogani" and "Silenced"
Based on the novel of the same name written by star author Gong Ji-young, “The Crucible” follows a group of children with disabilities who suffer physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their teachers.
Gong is one of a few star authors in Korea whose novels have sold more than a million copies. When her novel was published in June 2009, it became an instant hit not only because it was written by Gong but because it is based on a true story.
The film begins as Gang In-ho (Gong Yoo), who is working to earn money for his daughter’s surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju. But what he discovers there is an ugly truth: the children are being physically and sexually abused by their teachers. When he decides to fight for the children’s rights and expose the crimes being committed at the school, In-ho teams up with human rights activist Seo Yu-jin (Jeong Yu-mi). But he and Yu-jin soon realize the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth.
Director Hwang Dong-hyeok, who previously directed the 2007 hit film “My Father,” has received rave reviews for turning a successful novel into a well-made motion picture.


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  • After 'Dogani', 1 million teachers to be probed

    2011/10/07, Source,
    못 믿을 교과부, 전국 교사 성범죄 기록 조사한다더니... The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has embarked on a massive investigation of more than a million employees of schools in Korea to see if they have histories of committing sex crimes. The investigation was prompted by a national uproar sparked by a recent film, "Dogani" ("The Crucible"), which is based on a true case involving the rapes of hearing-impaired students at a school in Gwangju,...More
  • Box office, Sept. 22 - Oct. 4

    2011/10/07, Source,
    - "The Crucible" tops the charts and raises voices of protest The two weeks lasting from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4 were witness to a remarkable box office phenomenon in the form of the film "The Crucible". Based on a shocking real-life incident in which young students at a school for the deaf were sexually assaulted by their teacher and principal, the film has outraged and mobilized viewers, who are demanding that justice be served and new laws be passed to protect vulnerable children. The popular phenomenon surrounding the film, including extensive coverage by the news media, has caused many to take note of the power and influence of the film medium,...More
  • With strong acting, 'Crucible' delivers powerful real-life story

    2011/10/06, Source,
    [Jainnie's Cine Korea] A close-up shot from the poster for "The Crucible" [JoongAng Ilbo] The disturbing new film "The Crucible" has made Korea really, really angry. Based on a true story about a group of hearing-impaired children suffering sexual abuse from their teachers, this small feature film has fired up many Koreans. Millions signed a petition to demand a new probe into the case after watching the film, which in reality resulted in minimal sentencing for the perpetrators,...More
  • '2nd Dogani' stirs controversy

    2011/10/06, Source,
    By Kim J ong-chan A report that the chief of a state-subsidized institute for disabled children used violence against a student at the school has stirred controversy. After the case was revealed, the government suspended subsidies for the institute. But the school changed its name and was chosen again as a recipient of state funding, the report said,...More
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 Gong Ji-young (공지영)
 Original work
 Lim Seon-ae-I (임선애)
125 min 
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Airing dates : 2011/09/22
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2011.11.27 : 4,672,865 admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.13 : 4,669,498 admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.06 : 4,665,541 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.30 : 4,646,419 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.23 : 4,563,830 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.16 : 4,359,612 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.09 : 3,869,291 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.02 : 2,686,687 admissions (total)
As of 2011.09.25 : 1,010,133 admissions (total)
As of 2011.09.18 : 100,663 admissions (total)
As of 2011.09.11 : 355 admissions (total)

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this is a must-see movie!
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