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Do-ga-ni (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 September 2011 (South Korea)
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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:

Color

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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A sad movie about injustice
19 September 2012 | by yasdsSee all my reviews

The film is based on actual events that happened in Gwang Ju, South Korea. People assume that actual events were dramatized in the film, but apparently the actual events were more heinous than the movie. Gong Yoo read the novel The Crucible/Silenced (Dogani, 2009) while serving his mandatory military service and became involved in the film making.

The child actors were amazing. Because they had to portray deaf and mute children, they had to rely on their facial gestures, sign language, and sounds (cries and screams). They were simply amazing at depicting complex emotions.

Johan Lebbing is wrong. Gong Yoo is not holding a bible at the end of the movie (that would make no sense whatsoever in this movie). He's taking the subway and holding a cake from Tous Les Jours (a Korean boulangerie/patisserie chain) because it's Christmas. He's probably going home to his daughter.

South Korea is pretty lenient with sex offenders in general, and this movie caused an uproar in South Korea about sex crimes.


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