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Seoul Train (2004)

The gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China
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With its riveting footage of a secretive "underground railroad," SEOUL TRAIN is the gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China. SEOUL TRAIN also delves into the complex geopolitics behind this growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis. By combining vérité footage, personal stories and interviews with experts and government officials, SEOUL TRAIN depicts the flouting of international laws by major countries, the inaction and bureaucracy of the United Nations, and the heroics of activists that put themselves in harm's way to save the refugees. Written by Anonymous

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What a cruel world we live in.
1 March 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Steady streams of Mexican, Columbian, and Nicaraguan immigrants stream across the US borders every day looking for a better life. But, hundreds of Koreans escape North Korea into China every day just looking to survive and find their way to South Korea. Seoul Train tells the story of an underground railroad that tries to get these refugees into China and out to transportation that will get them to relatives in South Korea. They also try to get asylum for these refugees. It is a maddening and dangerous process made much more difficult by the Chinese who catch them and send them back, knowing they will be tortured or killed. Don't look for the US to help, as we just want to keep the cheap plastic crap flowing into our discount stores and really don't care about the Koreans. The story was magnificently done and painful to watch.

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12 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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Pociag do Seulu See more »

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