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Geuddae geusaramdeul (2005)

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A look at the life of President Park Chung-hee and the events leading up to his assassination.

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Sang-soo Im

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Sang-soo Im
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suk-kyu Han ... KCIA Chief Agent Ju
Yun-shik Baek ... KCIA Director Kim
Jae-ho Song ... President Park Chung-hee
Eung-soo Kim ... KCIA Agent Colonel Min
Sang-geon Jo Sang-geon Jo ... KCIA Butler Shim
Byung-gil Kwun Byung-gil Kwun ... President's Chief Secretary Yang
Won-joong Jung Won-joong Jung ... President's Chief Bodyguard Cha
Eun-ji Jo Eun-ji Jo ... Banquet Guest
Yoon-ah Kim Yoon-ah Kim ... Singer
Jong-jun Jung Jong-jun Jung ... Chief of Staff
Jae-goo Lee Jae-goo Lee ... KCIA Agent Kwon
Sang-ho Kim ... KCIA Agent Jang
Seung-wook Kim Seung-wook Kim ... KCIA Agent Won
Tae-han Kim Tae-han Kim ... KCIA Agent Song
In-gi Jeong ... Deputy Shin
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Storyline

On October 26, 1979, President Park Chung Hee, who had ruled South Korea since a 1961 coup, was assassinated by Kim Jae Kyu, his director of intelligence. The film depicts the events of that night, with a coda about the fate of each conspirator. While Park dines in the Blue House with two associates and two young women, Kim carries out his plot. He talks briefly of bringing democracy; mostly he seems irritated. The other assassins seem without motive beyond following orders. The killings are bloody, the aftermath equally disorderly and haphazard. Can major events of history be so mundane, so nearly comic? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Japanese | Korean

Release Date:

3 February 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elnök utolsó durranása See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,862, 16 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,932, 27 November 2005
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MK Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

President's Park Chun-hee's son took the film-makers to court to block the release as he claimed it tarnished the image of his father. See more »

Goofs

KCIA Director Kim at one point refers to the death of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, which occurred three years after the events depicted in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

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Goodbye Mr. President
13 November 2006 | by qiowisjSee all my reviews

Korean cinema has made leaps and bounds in recent years. Though The President's Last Bang is slightly inferior to more recommendable Korean films, it is still a superb example in storytelling.

The autocratic President Park lives the life of a typical dictator; opulent surroundings, promiscuous women and complete authority. As such, the state of the country is becoming more and more disgusting to the chief of secret police, Director Kim. On October 26, 1979, Kim concludes enough is enough and conspires with his loyal deputies. What follows are the fateful actions of those involved.

The President's Last Bang created quite a controversy in its native South Korea when it was released due to divided public opinion on the former president. Filmwise, the movie is well done, idiosyncratic and morbidly humorous. When was the last time regicide made you laugh, caused compassion and intrigued? It doesn't matter, go and see The President's Last Bang.


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