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National Security (남영동1985)

남영동1985 (nam-yeong-dong1985)

Directed by Chung Ji-young (정지영)

Screenplay by , , ,

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110min | Release date in South Korea :

Synopsis
In 1985, Jong-tae Kim was illegally kidnapped in front of his wife and children and forcefully imprisoned by agents in the Namyoung area. And savage torture began.

Professional interrogator and torturer Doo-han Lee was at the center of the fabricated incident. He was a no nonsense expert in interrogations and tortures, yet a cold-blooded man who never hesitated or felt remorse in driving his interrogation victims to their deaths.

20 years have passed, Korea is a democracy, and Kim, who now holds a rank of a Minister, is on the way to meet Lee in prison. Kim cannot stand bear to put his hand on Lee’s shoulder as Lee kneels down and asks forgiveness. Now Kim thinks about the cruel past, the deep scars left in his mind, and the possibility of forgiveness.

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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] The Torturous "National Security"

    2013/06/01
    In "Unbowed", director Chung Ji-young dramatized the 2007 "Crossbow Terror Incident" and in "National Security" (literal translation: "Namyeong-dong 1985"), he once again returns to the fuzzy realm of creative nonfiction as filmic fodder. The film takes a long and gruelling look into the torture and trails of Kim Jong-tae (Park Won-sang), an ex-advisor to the Democratic United Party who is condemned to 22 days of pain, humiliation, and psychological suffering. The film takes place in 1985, a time when Korea was under the military dictatorship of Chun Doo-hwan. Kim, as an activist against the current government, is held at a special interrogation facility in Namyeong-dong and forced to 'confess' that he is a communist from North Korea and was involved, if not led, an anti-government movement. This much of the story is quickly revealed, and Chung wastes no time in getting to the meat of his second film, the torture,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "National Security"

    2012/12/07
    For most of this film, a man is imprisoned and tortured. Who this man is, and why he is being tortured...really aren't that important. For nearly two hours, we watch him be brutalized and humiliated by his accusers. At one point an "interrogation expert" appears who astonishes everyone by apparently killing the victimized man by filling up the lungs with water, and continuing to do so long after his prisoner has lost consciousness. When it is discovered that the prisoner is not dead, despite appearances to the contrary, the other police give the expert a round of hearty applause. And all the while, the expert sings a happy working tune. "National Security" is a truly painful film to watch. Having grown up in Bush-era America, I'm all too familiar with the sort of enhanced interrogation that this film displays in abundance,...More

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Staff
 Choi Hyun-young (최현영)
 Production department
 Jeong Hwan-seok (정환석)
 Production department
 Chung Ji-young (정지영)
 Production department
 Kang Min-hee (강민희)
 Script coordinator
 Jeong Sang-hyeop (정상협)
 Assistant director
 Ko Im-pyo (고임표)
 Editor
 Lee Dae-il (이대일)
 Production department
 Kang Min-hee (강민희)
 Storyboard
 Kim Yong-soo (김용수)
 Stunt/martial arts department
 Kwon Patrick (권양헌)
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110 min 
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Airing dates : 2012/11/22
South Korean Box Office
Source : www.cine21.com & www.kobis.or.kr
As of 2012.12.23 : 332 138 admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.16 : 330 840  admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.09 : 326 543 admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.02 : 305 802  admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.25 : 188 020  admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.18 : 6 774 admissions (total)

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