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Han Gong-ju (2013)

Han Gong-Ju transfers to a new school to escape her past. It takes a long time for hers troubled past to catch up with her, but when it does the revelation is devastating.

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Su-jin Lee

Writer:

Su-jin Lee

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Cast

Credited cast:
Woo-hee Chun ... Han Gong-Ju
In-sun Jung In-sun Jung ... Eun-Hee (as In-seon Jeong)
So-young Kim So-young Kim ... Hwa-Ok (as So-Young Kim)
Yeong-ran Lee Yeong-ran Lee ... Ms. Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ji-won Baek Ji-won Baek
Han-bin Jeong Han-bin Jeong
Choeyongjun Kim Choeyongjun Kim ... Dong-yoon
Hyun Joon Kim Hyun Joon Kim ... Min-Ho
Jung-suk Kim Jung-suk Kim
Bum-Taeg Kwon Bum-Taeg Kwon ... Police captain
Chung-hee Lee Chung-hee Lee
Sang-Heon Lee Sang-Heon Lee
Kyoung-jin Min Kyoung-jin Min
Seung-mok Yoo Seung-mok Yoo
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Han Gong-Ju is taken to a home in an unfamiliar area. The home belongs to her former high school teacher's mother. The mother wants to know why her son is leaving Han Gong-Ju there, even if he promises she will be there for only a week. An investigation is ongoing back in Han Gong-Ju's hometown. Can Han Gong-Ju escape from her past? Written by Anonymous

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

17 April 2014 (South Korea) See more »

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A cappella See more »

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Vill Lee Film See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Exceptional Korean Film of a girl with a past
26 April 2015 | by Tom DooleySee all my reviews

Han Gong Ju is a young school girl who is suddenly up rooted from her home and taken to a new district to live and attend a new school. All we know is that there has been 'a scandal' at her old school and that she was directly involved. Her school teacher takes her to live with his mother - who runs a little supermarket.

Han Gong Ju then tries to rebuild a life devoid of the past, but her curious detachment acts as a lure for some of her new class mates and try as she might the past always has a strange way of catching up with us.

This is probably a slow burner, but the direction and pacing make it feel more immediate than it actually is. The performances are all sufficiently nuanced to keep one guessing as to what really happened and as such the past is done in a slow reveal through flash backs. The back story could have been fleshed out better but once gain we have enough hints and subtle asides that help put all the pieces together. This is one where your full attention is required, but that is quite easy as it is very gripping. Another great piece of cinema from South Korea.


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