Formally part of our 2020 Korean Film Nights season, marking 70 years since the outbreak of the Korean war and shedding light on one of the most important events in Korean history and collective memory. Sundance winner Jiseul is now live on the KCCUK YouTube channel.
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A group of villagers find themselves under attack. The attacking soldiers, like them Korean, have come to their Jeju Island to crush a supposed communist rebellion. They are simple farmers but the soldiers show no mercy: they have orders to eradicate anyone living five kilometres inland from the coast. The villagers hide in a system of caves, try to hold off the attackers by wafting chili smoke at them – stinging smoke versus M1 rifles. Survivors will make a run for the mountains.
This beautiful and disturbing black and white film won director O Muel a number of awards, not least a jury prize at Sundance in 2013. A cast of Jeju Island amateur actors bring alive O’s earthy, often humorous script. This handful of poor farmers stands in for tens of thousands of islanders massacred in 1948-49, in the Korean war before the Korean War.
The 14th London Korean Film Festival has ended.
We'd like to offer a huge 'Thank You' to everyone who came to any of our screenings & events to celebrate 'A Century of Korean Cinema'. You helped make the festival a massive success.
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