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Alive (산다)

산다 (san-da)

Directed by Park Jung-bum (박정범)

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175min | Release date in South Korea :

Jungchul lives in the mountain village with his sister and the sisterís daughter. He is frustrated as his mentally challenged sister sometimes wanders around the street or severely hurts herself, and a trusted colleague stole all of his hard-earned money by working at construction sites. Trying to earn some money to get by the cold winter, Jungchul finds a job at the soybean paste factory where his sister works, and the owner is satisfied with his work. Jungchul tells the owner that younger workers will speed up the process and tries to bring his colleagues to work there. The village elders who worked there are suddenly laid off and Jungchul becomes their enemy. In "The Journals of Musan" (2010), director Park Jung-bum depicted a youth facing survival difficulties, and in "Alive", he, again, has the main character in a desperate situation. Characters in Aliveare at dramatic crossroads. Their breakdowns are as shocking as that in "The Journals of Musan". (NAM Dong-chul)

Jeonju International Film Festival (2014) - JEONJU DIGITAL PROJECT 2014
Busan International Film Festival (2014) - Korean Cinema Today-Panorama
Toronto International Film Festival (2014)
Locarno International Film Festival (2014) - International Competition


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  • [HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Alive" by Park Jung-bum

    Director Park Jung-bum has an obsession with long, largely static shots that mainly emphasize the distressing monotonous state of life that characterizes the action in "Alive". If you're one of those people that dislike the apparent pointlessness of such dismal recessions, you will absolutely hate this movie. It's a huge exercise insofar as trying the patience of viewer, and a person not obsessed with capturing every individualistic cinematographic detail of melancholy will just sit in frustration waiting for something to actually happen,...More

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 Produced by
 Park Jung-bum (박정범)
 Yoo Bo-ra (유보라)
 Yoo Bo-ra (유보라)
 Production department
 Park Jung-bum (박정범)
 Production department
 Kim Euigon (김의곤)
 Directing department
 Kwon Kwi-deok (권귀덕)
 Martial arts
 Jeong Seung-o (정승오)
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175 min 
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Airing dates : 2015/05/21
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2015.06.14 : 4 321  admissions (total)
As of 2015.05.31 : 3†686 admissions (total)
As of 2015.05.24 : 2 761 admissions (total)
As of 2015.05.17 : 1†381 admissions (total)

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