Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Taebaek Mountains (1994)

The Taebaek Mountains (1994)

May 10th, 7:00PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

A village finds itself in the impossible situation as both sides demand their loyalty in the just crusade to defeat the other. Seen through the perspectives of a wide range of individuals, the front lines have again shifted north while partisans remain in the mountains to continue the fight.

This 1994 film dealing with domestically sensitive issues regarding the war performed poorly despite its ambitious scale. Similar tales have found their audience years later when time has made a public dialog more palatable. During the war the front lines shifted radically south and north to the degree that nearly every point of the peninsula experienced this at least once if not several times. This underscores why the material of this film might bring up difficult memories for many.

South Korea, Director Im Kwon-taek, Cast Ahn Sung-ki and Bang Eun-jin, 168 minutes, in Korean with English subtitles

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