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Silenced (2011) More at IMDbPro »Do-ga-ni (original title)

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Silenced -- Though it is hard to believe,
this is the true account of what took place inside a school for the deaf.
For about 5 years since 2000, the principal and some teachers
committed inhumane sexual molestation and abuse against some deaf children.
Though we do not want to accept it, it is true.
It is time to face this horrible truth.


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Jee-young Cong (based upon the novel by)
Dong-hyuk Hwang (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 2011 (South Korea) See more »
The hideous truth, concealed far too long
Based on real events, this film depicts the story of a school for the hearing-impaired where young deaf students were sexually assaulted by the faculty members over a long period of time. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A true story filmed as a masterpiece. See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Yoo Gong ... Kang In-ho

Yu-mi Jung ... Seo Yoo-jin
Hyeon-soo Kim ... Kim Yeon-doo
Kim Jee-Young ... In-ho's grandmother (as Ji-yeong Kim)
In-seo Jeong ... Jin Yoo-ri

Seung-hwan Baek ... Jeon Min-soo
Hye-jin Park ... Headmaster's Wife
Gwang Jang ... Principal / Principal's Brother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jin-ho Choi ... Prosecutor
Hyo-Seob Eom ... Police Officer Jang
Jae-Ho Heo ... Broadcasting Station PD
Suk-Youn Hong ... School Custodian / Guard
So-yeon Jang ... Courtroom Sign Language Interpreter
Kuk-Hwan Jeon ... Attorney Hwang
Joo-Ryung Kim ... Yoon Ja-ae
Min-Sang Kim ... Park Bo-hyun
Hyun-sung Lim ... Young-Hoon
Myung-Ryul Nam ... Professor Kim Jung-woo
Ji Sung Uhm ... Young-soo
Kwon Yoo-Jin ... Judge

Directed by
Dong-hyuk Hwang 
Writing credits
Jee-young Cong (based upon the novel by)

Dong-hyuk Hwang (screenplay adaptation)

Produced by
Yong-hoon Eom .... producer
Katharine Kim .... executive producer
Sang-moo Lee .... associate producer
Byung-jin Na .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Ji-yong Kim 
Film Editing by
Sung-Won Hahm  (as Sung-won Ham)
Production Design by
Kyun-sun Chae 
Costume Design by
Seung-Hee Im 
Makeup Department
Dohee Kim .... makeup department head
Sound Department
Myung-Hwan Han .... sound supervisor
Seung-cheol Lee .... sound supervisor
Visual Effects by
Tae-hun Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Byung-seo Kim .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ju-Hyun Park .... lighting technician
Music Department
Mowg .... music producer
Other crew
Jin-seung Jang .... investment executive

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Do-ga-ni" - South Korea (original title)
"The Crucible" - International (English title) (literal title)
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South Korea:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Hong Kong:III | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Taiwan:R-15

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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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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A true story filmed as a masterpiece., 21 May 2012
Author: johan Lebbing from Netherlands

Watched "Silenced" here on DVD with English subtitles. Didn't really know what to expect from the film before going in, but came out shaken, angered and left with the feeling of having seen a powerful film that can bring about positive change. The basis for the movie is purported to be based on a true story which makes things all the more striking. Having not watched "Children..." a Korean movie that came out earlier this year also based on a true story, my closest point of reference is Bong Joon-Ho's by now classic film "Memories of Murder". "Silenced" doesn't possess the master of cinema feel that "Memories of Murder" has, nor does it have the first mover advantage in its story, but "Silenced" is able to deliver the same (if not more) type of jolt to the viewer which is really saying something.

Some criticism I had for the film were 2 scenes felt just too graphic and a few other times the movie seemed to carry a far too simpleton feel, but in hindsight I'm guessing both of these points originated from the filmmaker's desire to have maximum impact with the largest group possible. In that case, the filmmaker got his wish. While walking out of the theater I did feel energized from having watched something so moving and also filled with fear & anger at just how wicked some parts of society can become.

Performance wise, I thought Gong Yoo was good and Jung Yu-Mi was her usual great self. There was a final scene with Gong Yoo holding a bible in the middle of the street that didn't move me as much as I thought the scene wanted. Maybe I was just too exhausted from having witnessed humanity at its darkest hour prior to that. The movie also featured large amounts of court-room drama in the second half which I really enjoyed.

"Silenced" has already brought in a lot of people into the theaters in South Korea and also opened a lot of eyes to the injustices that occurred in South Korea just a few years ago (2005). I think "Silenced" is a film that will likely leave you in a state that only a few others films probably can. Be prepare to be moved when you watch it.

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