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Reach For The SKY (공부의 나라)

공부의 나라 (gong-bu-eui na-ra)

Directed by Choi Woo-young (최우영), Steven Dhoedt (스티븐 두트)

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90min | Release date in South Korea :

"Reach For The SKY" is a co-production between South Korea and Belgium
This work depicts the grotesque reality of Korea. Routine entrance-exam life reflected by individuals like Kim Ki-hoon, a star lecturer, Hye-in, a middle-school honor-student, Hyun-ha, now studying hard for another year to enter the University of Education, and Min-jun, also studying another year to enter one of the top three universities, reflects our own experience and memories. This reality cannot be disregarded or ridiculed, for itís not only about the person involved; their family, schools, private education institutes, church and politics are all intertwined. In Korea, entrance exams are not merely college admission tests but a huge project, culture, belief, and trap involving the whole society. The film cannot be seen from a distance, making the viewer choke on verge of laughing with tearful eyes. (LEE Seung-min)

20th Busan International Film Festival (2015)
Documentary Competition


Reach For The SKY | Cast

  • Hwang Hyun-ha (황현하)
  • Kim Min-jun (김민준)
  • Jung Hye-in (정혜인)
  • Kim Ki-hoon (김기훈)

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    In South Korea, education is a pretty big deal. Getting into a good college can be seen as the make it or break it moment that defines an entire lifetime. "Reach For The SKY" is a documentary that explores the lives of three families with college age kids who try and hope for a positive outcome in the days leading up to the College Scholastic Ability Test. Though all hope for entry into one of the SKY schools (Seoul National University, Korea University, Yonsei University), in the end the fatigue of the process makes them willing to settle for just about anything,...More

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 Steven Dhoedt (스티븐 두트)
 Steven Dhoedt (스티븐 두트)
 Choi Woo-young (최우영)
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