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Urideului ilgeuleojin yeongung (1992)

A fifth-grade classroom takes on a political structure which reflects Korea's history of coups and dictatorial regimes.


Jong-won Park


Mun-yeol Lee
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Credited cast:
Min-sik Choi ... Mr. Kim
Kyoung-In Hong Kyoung-In Hong ... Seok-dae Eom
Goo Shin ... Mr. Choi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeong-hoo Lee Jeong-hoo Lee ... Classmate
Sang-Jeon Woo Sang-Jeon Woo ... Byung-tae's Father


A fifth-grade classroom takes on a political structure which reflects Korea's history of coups and dictatorial regimes.

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15 August 1992 (South Korea) See more »

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Festival awards:
  • Best Picture and Best Director Awards at Blue Dragon Film Festival
  • The Grand Prize, Best Film, and Best Director at Baeksang Art Awards
  • Best Picture at Daejong Film Festival
  • Grand Prix at Montreal Film Festival
  • Best Feature Award at Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Special Award at New York Film Festival
  • International Critics Award at Singapore Film Festival
  • Shown at the Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films series
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Excellent adaptation of the novel
6 August 2018 | by paratize-512-757482See all my reviews

Based on a short novel of the same name by Yi Munyol, this is an excellent adaptation (I also recommend reading the book) and probably the best early-90s film from South Korea that I've seen so far. Just as his experiences with Seok-dae leave a lasting impression on Byeong-tae, so will this film stay with you long after you've finished watching it. The sad thing about Korean cinema before the mid-nineties is that most of the movies have not been widely seen or discussed internationally. Even though this movie won some awards and prizes at film festivals like Montreal, etc, it still does not seem to have garnered the attention or recognition it deserves. Fortunately, the Korea Film Archive recently remastered this film and have put it up on YouTube for free with optional English subtitles. I highly recommend you give it a try if you have even a slight curiosity about Korean films before the so-called "Korean wave" came around. Just a small note: you may get more out of this story if you know at least a little about the Korean education system, modern Korean history and especially the role of dictatorships and protests in its development towards democracy, but even if you don't care about this, you can still enjoy the movie for its face value. And look out for a teacher played by Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) in a key early role.

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