A Single Spark

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Film info

Director: Park Kwang-Su
Cast: Moon Sung-keun, Hong Kyung-in, Kim Seon-jai, Lee Joo-sil
Cert 15, 96mins, 1995

Long before the box office titans Taxi Driver (1976) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017), Korean New Wave filmmaker Park Kwang-su made the seminal Korean protest drama A Single Spark. Released in 1995, the film offers two narratives: the true story of young textile factory worker Jeon Tae-il, who became an activist for workers’ rights and famously set himself ablaze for his beliefs in 1970; and the partly fictionalised efforts of another activist, who five years later tries to commit Jeon Tae-il’s tale to the page, all the while evading capture.

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