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The Journals of Musan (무산일기)

무산일기 (Moo-san-il-gi)

Directed by Park Jung-bum (박정범)

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127min | Release date in South Korea :

Synopsis
Jeon Seung-chul defected from North to South Korea to find a better life. Although he does all types of menial jobs such as taping up posters on the street, he is armed with a can-do spirit. But he often finds himself being beaten or bullied by his neighbors because of his status as a North Korean defector.
Life is even more difficult because the first three numbers of his citizen identification number, ď125,Ē mark him as a defector, often drawing a sharp line between him and his fellow Koreans.
Things become more complex when he falls in love with a South Koran woman at his church who works at a noraebang (Korean singing room). In order to win her heart, Jeon even lands a job at the same noraebang but the woman asks him not to tell anybody at the church where they work because she believes it is a shameful job for Christians.
Meanwhile, Jeon has to contend with his roommate, fellow defector Kyung-chul, who often steals and cheats on his compatriots. Jeonís only comfort in his life is an abandoned dog.

Inspired by director Park Jung-bumís friend Jeon Seung-chul, a North Korean defector who died of stomach cancer at the age of 30, rookie director Park wrote the screenplay and also played the lead role. Even before its official release in Seoul, the film received more than five international film awards.

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    2011/12/29, Source,
    The Korean film industry was more diverse than ever before. Amid an array of high-budget blockbuster films, a couple of Korean independent films achieved the10,000-audience mark, a figure compared to 1 million viewers for commercial films. The rise of independent films started with "Re-encounter" in February. The title literally reflects the plot, as it centers on a young couple and their Re-encounter. In high school, a boy and girl fall in love, but the boy leaves her after the girl becomes pregnant,...More
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    2011/12/15, Source,
    (Above picture: Scenes from "The Crucible" - Photos courtesy of CJ E&M) In 2011, Korean films brought attention to the individuals and issues that have otherwise remained unaddressed, underrepresented, or simply unexplored. While the questions posed by these films varied, provoking responses ranging from angry shock to laughter and sympathy, all called for a collective reconsideration of the social dynamics and relationships that can be found in Korean society today. The film Dogani, also known as "The Crucible", is based on actual events that took place at a Gwangju school for the hearing-impaired, where young students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years. Depicting both the crimes and the court proceedings that let the teachers off with minimal punishment, the film sparked public outrage upon its September release, which eventually resulted in a reopening of the investigations into the incidents. With over 4 million people in Korea having watched the film, the demand for legislative reform reached all the way to the National Assembly, where a revised bill, dubbed the "The Crucible" Bill, was passed in late October to abolish the statute of limitations for sex crimes against minors and the disabled,...More
  • Gerwin TAMSMA, Rotterdam film festival Programmer

    2011/12/07, Source,
    Last month, Gerwin TAMSMA made his annual visit to Seoul in search of new films for the next International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). In between screenings, meetings, and an impromptu dinner he kindly threw for festival alumni, the friendly, outspoken programmer met with Jean NOH for a quick interview. A globe-trotter who is in charge of programming films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Italy, China, and Korea, Tamsma tells "Korean Cinema Today" about his likes, dislikes and what he looks for in a film,...More
  • Movie About N.Korean Defector Wins Award at Tokyo Film Fest

    2011/11/30, Source,
    Director and lead actor Park Jung-bum's "The Journals of Musan" won the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo Filmex Festival that ended on Sunday. The movie deals with the harsh reality of adjusting to life in South Korea from the point of view of a North Korean defector, and serves as a bitter portrayal of the prejudices he faces in his newly adopted home,...More
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 Produced by
 Park Jung-bum (박정범)
Staff
 Kwon Kwi-deok (권귀덕)
 Martial arts director
 Kim Min-ho (김민호)
 Martial arts team
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127 min 
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Airing dates : 2011/04/14
South Korean Box Office
Source : www.cine21.com & www.kobis.or.kr
As of 2011.06.12 : 10,572 admissions (total)
As of 2011.06.05 : 10,274 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.29 : 9,552 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.22 : 8,951 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.15 : 7,936 admissions (total)
As of 2011.05.01 : 5,153 admissions (total)
As of 2011.04.24 : 3,281 admissions (total)
As of 2011.04.17 : 1,552 admissions (total)

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