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The Journals of Musan (무산일기)

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Directed by Park Jung-bum (박정범)

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127min | Release date in South Korea :

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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  • KOFFIA 2011 Film Line-up announced!

    2011/07/27, Source,
    KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA 2011 KOFFIA 2011 is coming! HOLD ON TIGHT! For immediate release The KOFFIA Korean Film Festival is back in Sydney for the second time this August, bigger and better than ever, and it all begins here! KOFFIA 2011 will present 13 feature films and 7 shorts that showcase the great diversity of Korean cinema today, as well as providing a true Korean cultural experience with industry forums, cultural performances, food tastings and so much more. HOLD ON TIGHT! The festival will take place from 24th – 29th August at Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay, Sydney. In this Australia-Korea Year of Friendship, we are very excited to announce that KOFFIA will also travel down to the beautiful city of Melbourne! The festival will run from 10th – 13th September at ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. This is an extra special date, as 12th September marks the important Korean Thanksgiving Holiday of Chuseok, join us in this celebration,...More
  • S.Korean Film about NK Defectors Wins Top Prize at Film Festival

    2011/06/29, Source,
    A South Korean film about a North Korean defector facing difficulties when trying to acclimate into the South's society has won the top prize at an Italian film festival.

  • Final Korean Box Office for the Week-end 2011.06.10 ~ 2011.06.12

    2011/06/14, Source,
    The number one movie this week is "Kung Fu Panda 2",...More
  • 5th Annual Film Festival "Zerkalo"

    2011/06/11, Source,
    S. Korean Director Park Jung-bum Wins "Best Featured Film" Award at Russian Film Festival for His Social Drama "Journals of Musan" at "Zerkalo" By Lidia Okorokova Moscow Corespondent S. Korean Director Park Jung-bum wins "Best Featured Film" Award at Russian Film Festival "Zerkola" in Moscow. South Korean director Park Jung-bum won "Best featured film" award at the prestigious Russian film-festival "Zerkalo" (Mirror) named in honour of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, for his social drama "The Journals of Musan",...More
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 Produced by
 Park Jung-bum (박정범)
 Kwon Kwi-deok (권귀덕)
 Martial arts director
 Kim Min-ho (김민호)
 Martial arts team
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Airing dates : 2011/04/14
South Korean Box Office
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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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