지슬 (Jiseul)

A Seolmundae Film Production
Distribution: Jin Jin Pictures
Rating: 15 and Over
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 108 Min
Shooting Time: 2011/12/23~2012/02/02 (35 Dates)
Release: 2013/Mar/21

WITH 이경준 (Lee Gyeong-Joon) as Gyeong-Joon; 홍상표 (Hong Sang-Pyo) as Sang-Pyo; 문석범 (Moon Seok-Beom) as Won-Shik; 박순동 (Park Soon-Dong) as Mu-Dong; 성민철 (Sung Min-Cheol) as Man-Cheol;

CREW Director 오멸 (Oh Myeol) Executive Producer 고혁진 (Go Hyeok-Jin) | Screenplay 오멸 (Oh Myeol) | Director of Photography 양정훈 (Yang Jung-Hoon) Lighting 추경엽 (Chu Gyeong-Yeop) Editor 이도현 (Lee Do-Hyeon) Music 전송이 (Jeon Song-Yi) 서지선 (Seo Ji-Seon)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 992,222,200 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 144,602
BUDGET: 250,000,000 Won

Photo ⓒ Seoulmundae Film, Jin Jin Pictures

SYNOPSIS

In 1948, as the government issued the communists’ eviction from Jeju Island, the military invaded a calm and peaceful village. Running away from the military, the townsfolk go into a cave. They try to hide to survive but there seems to be no hope like the dark cave. As time goes by, people are suffering from the severe cold and hunger staying in the cave. One day, it still seems as though nothing has changed and a man who worries about his pigs at home, is trying to get back home to feed them but the rest strictly stop him. With nothing but frustration, people start to fall apart, debating if they should move to the higher mountain or just stay in the cave. [KoBiz]

IN SHORT

One of the immense benefits of being a hopeless film geek and completist is that once every blue moon you get the privilege of witnessing such utter miracles. I knew Oh Myeol as a versatile and capable indie darling, but this little masterpiece goes beyond any simple indie/commercial dichotomy and even transcends the medium. A wonderfully authentic and gloriously shot neorealist retelling of the April 3 (1948) Jeju massacre, this would become what Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 悲情城市 (A City of Sadness) became to Taiwan's cinema, if only any semblance of real film criticism had survived in Korea. Nonetheless, a timeless film.

ACTING GRADES

~ Non-Professional Actors ~

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