Black Republic

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Film info

Director: Park Kwang-Su
Cast: Moon Sung-keun, Park Joong-hoon, Shim Hye-jin, Hwang Hae
102mins, 2019

Winner of the Blue Dragon award and the Singapore International Film Festival’s Silver Screen Award for Best Film, Park Kwang-Su’s second feature is a compelling social drama about the realities of South Korean society, using its rural setting as a microcosm of the country’s social and political landscapes. The lives of workers in a remote mining community are changed when an activist named Kim Ki-Young arrives to take refuge from the authorities. The mine is controlled by Lee Seon-Cheol, the mine owner’s bullish son who exerts his authority with an iron fist. The film portrays the influence of the two men on the town as they come head to head, Ki-Young’s activist spirit clashing with Seon-Cheol’s tyrannical arrogance. Their struggle is portrayed with an elegant and at times harshly realistic direction, with remarkable performances from lead actors Park Joong-Hoon and Moon Sung-Keun in his feature film debut. Black Republic’s social dimension, touching on class divide and economic inequality still resonates to this day. 

Birkbeck Cinema, 11 Jan 2019 6:30 pm

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