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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 :

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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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  • Festivals News

    2011/10/06, Source,
      Tokyo IFF invites "Sector 7" and five other Korean films 3D sea creature film Sector 7 will have a Special Screening while KONG Quee-hyun's mystery "U.F.O". and Na Hong-jin's thriller The Yellow Sea will be in the Winds of Asia section. A restoration of master filmmaker Kim Ki-young's 1961 "Hyeon-hae-tan Knows" (a.k.a. "The Sea Knows") will have a screening in the Discovering Asian Cinema: Film History á La Carte section. One Shining Day and Two Rabbits in Osaka will both screen in the SUGINO Kiki: Muse of the Asian Indie Cinema section,...More
  • Tokyo Filmex to open with Arirang and three Korean films in competition

    2011/09/21, Source,
    by KOFIC Staff / Sep 19, 2011 Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk's Un Certain Regard winner "ARIRANG - Movie" will be the Opening Film for the upcoming 12th Tokyo Filmex. The festival has also selected amongst its Competition titles: Park Jung-bum's Rotterdam Tiger Award winner "The Journals of Musan", Kim Ki-duk protege Juhn Jai-hong's "Poongsan", and Heo Jong-ho's recent Toronto film festival entry "Countdown",...More
  • An alien in a bikini heralds the return of the B movie

    2011/08/04, Source,
    A poster of the Korean B movie "Invasion of Alien Bikini" The landscape of the nation's film industry is starkly polarized, with either star-studded commercial films or low-budget independent films dominating the field. Looking back on the first half of the year, Korean films like "Late Blossom", "Detective K" and "Sunny" have become huge hits with rising and seasoned actors. But indie films are also making their mark. A string of independent films including "Re-encounter", "Bleak Night", "The Journals of Musan" and "Play" have drawn audiences of more than 10,000 each, a figure most indie filmmakers dream about,...More
  • 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
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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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