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'Repatriation' screened with English subtitles

2004/04/07 | 532 views | Permalink | Source

An English-subtitled version of "Repatriation", a Korean documentary about former North Korean spies and soldiers in the South, is being screened at Hypertheque Nada in Daehangno, Seoul, at 11 a.m. on weekends and holidays.

"Repatriation" ( "Songhwan" in Korean) documents the lives of North Korean spies who were captured and imprisoned in the South for 30 to 40 years. They were finally set free in the late 1990s when inter-Korean relations improved, and 63 former "unconverted" prisoners were repatriated to the North in 2000. The film focuses on the prisoners' experiences.

"Repatriation" opened in eight theaters March 19 and has so far done better than expected at the box office. The version with English subtitles is aimed at foreign viewers in Korea, said Indiestory Inc., the film's promoter.

"Since the film's formal release, we have received lots of e-mails from foreign moviegoers about an English-subtitled version, reflecting the keen attention in connection with the film's unique theme", said an Indiestory official.

Hypertheque Nada is located in the Dongsoong Art Center near Hyehwa Station on Subway Line 4. For more information, call (02) 766-3390, extension 293 or 294.

Director Kim Dong-won is also scheduled to meet with foreign moviegoers at Seoul Selection Bookstore in Sagan-dong at 6 p.m. Saturday, following the screening of Kim's earlier documentary "Sangye-dong Olympics" (1988) with English subtitles. For more information, visit

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