MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,660 this week

Address Unknown (2001)
"Suchwiin bulmyeong" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  2 June 2001 (South Korea)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,442 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 19 critic

Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 29 May 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 22 Oct 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Jan 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 7 months ago
 
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Address Unknown (2001)

Address Unknown (2001) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Address Unknown.
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

3-Iron (2004)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Seung-yeon Lee, Hyun-kyoon Lee, Hyuk-ho Kwon
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio
Come and See (1985)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov
Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Lauciavicius
Brothers (2004)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen
Red Sorghum (1987)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Ten
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A ... See full summary »

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Stars: Katrin Cartlidge, Rade Serbedzija, Grégoire Colin
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south.

Director: Hun Jang
Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are ... See full summary »

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryûichi Sakamoto
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal
Osama (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things, are not allowed to work. This situation is especially difficult for one ... See full summary »

Director: Siddiq Barmak
Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Mohammad Arif Herati
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Dong-kun Yang ...
Chang-guk
...
Eunok
Young-min Kim ...
Jihum
Eun-jin Pang ...
Chang-guk's Mom (as Eun-jin Bang)
Gye-nam Myeong ...
Jihum's father
In-ok Lee ...
Eun-ok's mother
Jae-hyeon Jo ...
Dog Eyes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yeong-im Kim
Mitch Malem
Edit

Storyline

Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea became the first war zone of the Cold War. The legacy of war remains today in this divided country. Three forlorn teenagers, Chank-guk, Jihum and Eunok are figures in the landscape of this story, which highlights the global implications of a very Korean reality. None of them is able to escape the withering pull of tragedy. All desperate pleas for love and redemption are returned stamped in red with

. Written by LJ Film

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

korea | teenager | soldier

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, sexuality and some drug content | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 June 2001 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Suchwiin bulmyeong  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| |

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Heavy Metal (1981) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It all falls down
9 April 2005 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

This is gritty and bleak realism at its best. We are in a countryside village on the border to North-Korea were poverty and war (both the Korean war and the continuation of the cold war) takes its toll on the villagers. Prospects are none, but some think of America as one and therefore learns English. This also provides some of the small pieces of comedy in the movie, for example when some youngsters try to translate from a hustler magazine or when two bullies are tough with speaking English with strong Korean accent; Koreans have trouble pronouncing f for instance.. Some other comedy is the US army battalion running and crawling everywhere and the war veteran crazy for medals always bragging about killing 3 commies.

Anyway this very grim and bleak realism is obviously made as a political commentary. I don't blame any of them, they are victims of their circumstances. I sympathize with every one of them. Kim Ki-Duk don't blame anyone either, the Americans are portrayed as human, not as heroes nor devils, but the theme of globalization and colonization still lies implied in the movie. Actually its full of commentary. I wont get into it here.

I know there's a big difference between countryside Korea and big city Korea, but even though I cant say if its real or not, I believe this to be quite realistic. The utter consequences the movie depicts of course is fiction and made to emphasize the horror and drama, this is a movie after all.

This was not very well received in Korea and understandably so, it takes up problems that are very actual today and brings up a painful past. To get rid of these problems it is very important however, that someone like Kim Ki-Duk makes these kind of movies and for people to see them. So go see it!! But its not a pleasant watch.


16 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Questions pateir
Most Disturbing Film I've Ever Seen - BY FAR ! pdcoy53
The letter loralela00
Trailer Music? perez_is_ultima
Hey, didn't anyone else find it hilarious that imquiteclever
Factual Inaccuracies SomervilleRed
Discuss Address Unknown (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?