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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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12 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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Pociag do Seulu See more »

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China See more »

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great film
22 October 2005 | by nodoubt2221See all my reviews

This documentary was excellent, though it could have been better, it was the most organized and interesting document that has been created on behalf of the refugee system in North Korea (Children of the Secret State was even better). Jim Butterworth finally brought the topic of North Korean refugees to America and tried to make the invisible people visible. i can only hope that this film will help spread the word about the north Korean refugees who are ignored by the world, and by all states. even the American government and the UN ignores them. another excellent document was Children of the Secret State, which actually spoke with several refugees, showed the plight of the refugees in China, and showed even more rare North Korean footage. Seoul train could have given a more detailed account on the statistics and such, and could have talked about the starvation issue in North Korea and showed more of the suffering of those refugees in China.

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