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Hwa-ryeo-han-hyoo-ga (2007)

The story of events leading up to the 1980 Gwangju massacre in South Korea when thousands of students and protesters were killed by armed troops during an anti-government demonstration.

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Kang Min Woo leads a relatively peaceful life with his younger brother Kang Jin Woo. Min Woo has been captivated by Park Shin Ae, friend to Jin Woo and daughter to Park Heung Su. Min Woo, being shy, manipulates Shin Ae into going to the movies with him and his brother, Jin Woo, by telling her it's out of sympathy for his brother who studies too hard. The next day at the theaters, while Min Woo was in amusement from watching a film smoke began seeping in. An outburst came through the doors of a soldier beating a man to death and everyone inside ran out of the theatre in fear. That day soldiers went on a rampage against the citizens, assaulting everyone and anyone. Park Heung Su, father to Shin Ae, tried to find out what was happening by seeking out General Choi who was in-charge of this infiltration into his town. But nothing could stop the soldiers not even Heung Su who was once a general himself. The citizens form a militia were determined to protect their loved ones. Out of anger ... Written by Colleen16

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25 July 2007 (South Korea)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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KRW 32,641,281 (South Korea), 8 July 2007, Limited Release
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Filming took place over 12 acres at the High-tech Science Industrial Park in northern Gwangju. Over 600 extras were used for the protest scenes. See more »

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A beautiful depiction of a tragic moment in history
31 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to some other reviewers, I thought this movie was a beautiful touch on the sensitive issue of Kwangju. This tragedy went unacknowledged far too long than it deserved, and this movie helps to show the injustice. Of course, the movie is romanticized in many ways, but it is still a very valuable movie. There are many sides to history, and this is just one portrayal. I admired how the movie was localized to just the citizens of Kwangju who deserve their stories to be told. The massacre was smoothed over by the politics of the time including the foreign powers who tried to justify their inaction.

The casting was really good. (Don't see it if you're just a fan of Lee Jun Ki (I mean, I am), but it's not a sole reason to.) Watch the movie because it shows a part of history that needs to be told. The soundtrack is beautiful. Although the characters are pretty typical, they are memorable. The movie's not up there with Taegukgi, but it definitely is up there. It has a different feel and is a wonderful movie.


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