Goryeojang

Goryeojang Website2
Film info

Director: Kim Ki-young
Cast: Kim Jin-kyu, Ju Jeung-ryu, Kim Bo-ae, Kim Dong-won
Cert 18, 87mins, 1963

Goryeojang is a term used to describe the mythical custom of abandoning one’s parents in the mountains once they reach old age. Kim Ki-young’s 1963 film of the same name is set in a famine-ravaged village that practises this custom; the film explores a variety of characters and their struggle for survival. The central character of the film is Gu-ryeong. Permanently injured as the result of a childhood accident, he endures ceaseless insults and ostracism. This makes for uncomfortable viewing for a contemporary audience, yet Kim does not shy away from the brutal and grotesque side of human nature, embracing it with typical black humour.

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