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Silenced (2011)

Do-ga-ni (original title)
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Gang In-ho, who is working to earn money for his daughter's surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju. But what he discovers there is an ugly truth: the ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Kang In-ho
Seo Yoo-jin
Hyeon-soo Kim ...
Kim Yeon-doo
Ji-yeong Kim ...
In-ho's grandmother
In-seo Jeong ...
Jin Yoo-ri
Jeon Min-soo
Hye-jin Park ...
Headmaster's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jin-ho Choi ...
Hyo-Seob Eom ...
Police Officer Jang
Jae-Ho Heo ...
Broadcasting Station PD
Suk-Youn Hong ...
School Custodian / Guard
Gwang Jang ...
Principal's Brother
So-yeon Jang ...
Courtroom Sign Language Interpreter
Kuk-Hwan Jeon ...
Attorney Hwang
Joo-Ryung Kim ...
Yoon Ja-Ae


Gang In-ho, who is working to earn money for his daughter's surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju. But what he discovers there is an ugly truth: the children are being physically and sexually abused by their teachers. When he decides to fight for the children's rights and expose the crimes being committed at the school, In-ho teams up with human rights activist Seo Yu-jin. But he and Yu-jin soon realize the school's principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth. Written by Stanislav S, Sochi, Russia

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The hideous truth, concealed far too long




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22 September 2011 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Dogani  »

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Based on the novel Dogani by Cong Jee-young, Silenced is based on real-life events at a school for the deaf. See more »

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Move Thee Reviews: Sunny Days Are Rare in the City of Mist
24 June 2012 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Sunny and Silenced are two Korean films I have watched in 2012 and both are excellent. Silenced is a poignant and depressing movie based on a true event that happened in a special school where the deaf children are abused by the Principal and teachers. In the first half of the movie, the horrible abuses are unveiled one by one. The second half is a courtroom drama.

The movie is an emotional ride which tugs at your heartstrings. At the scene in which the teacher is on the verge of tears and the boy cries his eyes out and struggles to express his overwhelming pent-up emotions upon knowing that his grandmother has forgiven the culprit, some members of the audience will be moved to tears. Where might is master, justice is servant, which is cruel, but real. It is also uplifting to see the teacher remain steadfast in his determination to bring the culprits to justice, despite his daughter's plight.

As for the setting, the misty mountains and creepy campus create an eerie atmosphere. I also love the montage at the beginning of the movie. The kid is just like the deer, innocent and pure.

The perversion of justice prevails when Christians are blinded by their unquestionable faith, teachers are heartless, policemen, lawyers, the judge and the security guard are corrupted by money, civil servants shirk their responsibility and shift the work onto others and others remain silent. Martin Luther King is right. In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Amid those humans who are evil but influential in society, justice is shrouded in a thick gray mist.

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