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Tiger Spirit (2008)

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An eloquent tale of longing and hope, Tiger Spirit is an unforgettable portrait of Korea at a crossroads.

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A Quiet flick that resonates deep
22 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No politics, no finger pointing, no loud music, no grandstanding, no extraordinary figures and beauty queens, no fantastic dramas either. Yet, this film let the real people to tell their real stories that resonate to one's spinal core. You don't need to know much about the history to appreciate this film. It's all there for any one with an open mind and kind heart to see. People do what they do and believe what they believe, time flies and life moves on. Life is not fair, but perhaps for too many on this planet, it's simply too tragic, whatever the causes may be. This is a story of an entirely manufactured human tragedy of historical proportion. Wonder what the Korean history books will be saying 100 years from now - if our collective stupidity still prevail then.

It's film carries so much insight, humanity, and sensibility without fanfare and propaganda that I can't believe none of the mainstream media in the West has pick it one up onto the top of the pile. Maybe true insights are indeed dangerous and bad for business. I am thankful for the film makers for making this happen and for all of us to see.

After watching this film, suddenly the lyrics of a popular Chinese kid's song came to me. It's called "Two Tigers" and roughly goes like this: Two tigers, two tigers. One has no eyes, one has no tail. So funny, so funny.

Maybe it's no as funny if you happen to be one of them, or even just watch them closely, like this film crew did.


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