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The Secret Mission (2019)

Malmoi (original title)
During the Japanese occupation, two men travel across the country compiling the first Korean language dictionary.


Yu-na Eom


Yu-na Eom




Credited cast:
Hae-Jin Yoo ... Pan-su Kim (as Hae-jin Yoo)
Yoon Kyung-Ho Yoon Kyung-Ho ... Optometrist
Hong-pa Kim Hong-pa Kim ... Teacher Jo
Hyeon Woo ... Im Dong-Ik
Tae-Hoon Kim Tae-Hoon Kim ... Park-Hoon
Kim Sun-Young ... Goo Ja-Young
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hyun-Chul Cho Hyun-Chul Cho ... Park Bong-Doo
Gwi-hwa Choi ... Mailman
Joon-woo Goo ... Park Gil Nam
Sung-tae Heo ... Ueda
Yoo Jae-Myung ... Kim Doo-Bong
Jin-ki Jeon Jin-ki Jeon ... State affairs general
Gi-seop Jeong Gi-seop Jeong ... Duk-Jin's Homeroom teacher
Won-Ho Ji Won-Ho Ji ... Drafting student 3 (Juvenile)
Hyun-Do Jo Hyun-Do Jo ... Kim Duk-Jin


During the Japanese occupation, two men travel across the country compiling the first Korean language dictionary.

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Must watch for Koreans and anyone who cares
20 February 2019 | by clairekpromoSee all my reviews

After watching the movie I realized how important it is to continue the legacy that was passed on from our Korean ancestors: our Korean language.

During the Japanese occupation of Korea, "Schools and universities forbade speaking Korean and emphasized manual labor and loyalty to the Emperor. Public places adopted Japanese, too, and an edict to make films in Japanese soon followed. It also became a crime to teach history from non-approved texts and authorities burned over 200,000 Korean historical documents, essentially wiping out the historical memory of Korea." Some of our ancestors were forced to erase our identity, replacing our birth given Korean names into foreign Japanese names.

Though it was a long occupation, our Korean ancestors fought hard, protesting the revolting rule of Japan. In a couple of days we celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the March First Movement, where we proclaimed Korean independence and more than 1,500 demonstrations broke out in 1919. Around 2 million Koreans participated in demonstrations that lasted a year.

I've always known about the violence put upon our ancestors during the occupation, but never thought about how the language I speak now, was nearly wiped away. Our culture, almost wiped away. It made me reflect; the Korean language is a source of our pride, we need to preserve, protect, treasure and teach it.

I highly recommend anyone who is interested to check out the movie.

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Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malmoe: The Secret Mission See more »


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KRW11,500,000,000 (estimated)

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