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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.

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Dong-hyuk Hwang

Writers:

Ji-young Gong (based upon the novel by) (as Jee-young Cong), Dong-hyuk Hwang (screenplay adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yoo Gong ... Kang In-ho
Yu-mi Jung ... Seo Yoo-jin
Hyeon-soo Kim Hyeon-soo Kim ... Kim Yeon-doo
Kim Jee-Young Kim Jee-Young ... In-ho's grandmother (as Ji-yeong Kim)
In-seo Jeong In-seo Jeong ... Jin Yoo-ri
Seung-hwan Baek ... Jeon Min-soo
Hye-jin Park ... Headmaster's Wife
Gwang Jang Gwang Jang ... Principal / Principal's Brother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jin-ho Choi Jin-ho Choi ... Prosecutor
Hyo-Seob Eom Hyo-Seob Eom ... Police Officer Jang
Ji-seong Eom Ji-seong Eom ... Young-soo (as Ji Sung Uhm)
Jae-Ho Heo Jae-Ho Heo ... Broadcasting Station PD
Suk-Youn Hong Suk-Youn Hong ... School Custodian / Guard
So-yeon Jang ... Courtroom Sign Language Interpreter
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Attorney Hwang (as Kuk-Hwan Jeon)
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Storyline

Gang In-ho, who is working to earn money for his daughter's surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju. But what he discovers there is an ugly truth: the children are being physically and sexually abused by their teachers. When he decides to fight for the children's rights and expose the crimes being committed at the school, In-ho teams up with human rights activist Seo Yu-jin. But he and Yu-jin soon realize the school's principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth. Written by Stanislav S, Sochi, Russia

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The hideous truth, concealed far too long

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Country:

South Korea

Release Date:

22 September 2011 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogani See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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One of the most potent film ever seen.
25 June 2012 | by ajit2106See all my reviews

"Silenced..." as the title suggests, is a powerful film about a mute and deaf school in Gwangju (South Korea).

In 2005 Kang In-ho arrives at a school where children are deaf, but quickly realizes that something is wrong, as children were cloistered in a kind of autism. The reason is simple; they are suffering from pain through twin-principals and other teachers. Kang In-ho, first was blind towards the horrible acts, however, he wakes up very quickly and puts his life in the background to devote him entirely to these children in the deepest distress.

Written and directed by filmmaker Dong-hyuk Hwang, who runs his second coil after My Father (2007), based on the novel by Jee-young Cong taking Novel in one hand and camera in the other, Hwang Dong-hyuk takes us into a hell where cruelty is watchword. Men who abuse children are already a disgrace, but when equipped with a handicap that prevents them to express them while we pass this stage to speak only to be demonic. Moreover, work is in addition to killing these demons, exposing South Korea where levels of justice are rotten to the point that despite overwhelming evidence, everyone comes out innocent or at worst a slight slap on the wrist. Such injustice deserved to talk about it, and if the literature does not always express them on a large scale, the cinema can more easily, and in 2011 the film has been a blow, pushing the government to close the school and start a new trial.

Hwang Dong-hyuk, who directs his cast with strength and power, conveys a strong message with an eye opener. We can feel the players involved, everyone is in the place and nobody is ever too much, especially children, crying for truth, despite their silence, but the look says a lot about the work of management. No melodramatic pathos, not only the accuracy enhanced by fluid narration and exciting, equally divided between face to face with the horror and the trial, or rather mock trial. The director also quite unsettling talent to film scenes touching, working the image at the point of giving an atmosphere of morbid poetry returning the stomach (although almost everything is hidden), to the Unlike scenes about bullying that they go into bestiality at the lowest.

Silenced is a work that takes you to the gut, but also a masterpiece at all levels, sad, very sad, because during filming (like writing a book) hopelessness was most certainly in the spirit all, nobody is expecting that the film can shake rotten legal foundation at this point to the bone. The arrival of this film is welcome, but it remains a work paradoxically awful cinematic should play a social role, rape, torture, and death stories of children who have so far had very little impact. We think Hwang Dong-hyuk has done considerable work, but we also think these children whose childhood or life, were stolen.

The story is very centered and never leaves its intention, as I said earlier it is based on the true story, we can feel the sufferings of the characters.

This is a take on the human with animal instinct and the actions will shake the base of humanity.

Recommended to everyone who can digest the kinky truth.

9/10


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