Ciné Asie | JISEUL
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Black-and-white (anti-) war film about the Korean army’s brutal suppression of the rebellion on Jeju in 1948. The islanders fled their villages and hid in primitive circumstances.

On 3 April 1948, a rebellion broke out on the Korean island of Jeju, resulting in conflicts that lasted until September 1954 and tens of thousands of people dead. There are still disagreements about the cause of the bloodbath; thanks to the dubious role played by the South Korean government, the events were ignored for a long time in Korean history.

O Muel, who himself comes from this island south of the Korean peninsula, now pays homage to the victims with a requiem. He does not focus on the large-scale struggle, but on the stories of ordinary people, occasionally with black humour and then again sad: quarrels, conflicts, reconciliation and comfort.

The most important part of the film focuses on one of the forgotten stories in the rebellion, in which a group of villagers flees to a cave. They hide underground for months, cold and numb, far too close for comfort – just like the potatoes to which the title refers.

Director : Muel O

Year : 2012

Genre : Documentary

Length : Short

Runtime : 108mins

Colour: Black and white

Country : Korea

Language : Korean (English sub)

Production and Sales Company : Japari Film

Cast & Credits:

Cast: Kyung-sub Jang, Suk-bum Moon, Young-soon Oh, Soon-dong Park, Min-chul Sung, Jung-won Yang

Music: Song-e Jeon

Producer: Hyuk-jin Ko

Sound: Sang-min Lee

Editor: Do-hyun Lee

Screenwriter: Muel O

Cinematographer: Jung-hoon Yang

Director O Muel was Born in 1971. In addition to working at culture collective Terror J, O Muel is engaged in directing various plays and performances. He is the director of Flowered Hair street festival, a co-director at the Jeju Independent Film Society and artistic director at Japari Research Center.

“Re-creating a 1948 massacre of civilians by the South Korean army on that nation’s Jeju Island, “Jiseul” uses disconnected images in pristine monochrome to tell a story that’s as hazy and haunting as a half-forgotten nightmare.” – Maggie Lee – Variety magazine

2012 Busan International Film Festival

2013 Sundance Film Festival

2013 Rotterdam International Film Festival

2013 CAAMFest

2013 Copenhagen International Feature Film Festival

2014 Reel Asian Film Festival

Quebec premiere


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