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The Battle of Gwangju (미쓰 리의 전쟁, 더 배틀 오브 광주)

미쓰 리의 전쟁, 더 배틀 오브 광주 (mi-sseu li-eui jeon-jaeng, deo bae-teul o-beu gwang-ju)

Directed by Lee Ji-sang (이지상)

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121min | Release date in South Korea :

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On May 18, 1980. The Gwangju Democratization Movement began. In its first days, a crackdown on student demonstrators by paratroopers results in the loss of numerous lives. Incited by the violence, residents of the city of Gwangju rise up, engaging the influx of troops descending upon their city. The denizens are able to defend their home and their freedom for a short time but are eventually pushed back. The troops, now with reinforcements, re-launch their attack. On May 27 the remaining civilians still fighting gather in the Jeonil Building for their final stand. Shoeshiners, factory workers, teahouse waitresses-people who have been ill-treated by society-put their lives at risk trying to defend their ideals and the city. While other notable films such as "A Petal" by Jang Sun-woo and "May 18" by Kim Ji-hoon have tackled the plight of Gwangju, Yi, best known for "Yellow Flower" (2002), recreates the atmosphere of that terrible day in a wonderfully experimental way. With the gun being the ultimate symbol of violence, he has insisted that no guns appear in the film. Instead, the actors only behave as if they were holding guns. Gunshots are heard and blood is seen-but the guns themselves are non-existent. (NAM Dong-chul)

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20th Busan International Film Festival (2015)
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    2016/01/02
    The time is May 18th, 1980. Following frustration over Chun Doo-hwan seizing control of South Korea in a military coup, a student protest in Gwangju quickly escalates into a full-scale uprising. Not just students but common citizens too ask themselves whether they should just accept the junta as a fact of life and keep their heads down, or find weapons and fight back. "The Battle of Gwangju" is a dramatization of a group of people who decide to fight back, eventually pushed back into a single critical building which they will inevitably lose,...More

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