Jiseul

In 1950's, a populace of a South Korean island rebels against police brutality. The protesters are labeled as communists and the army is dispatched. One small village will be hit especially hard that day.

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  • ★★★★½ review by lazy_reader on Letterboxd

    지슬 끝나지 않은 세월2

  • ★★★★ review by CinephileKR on Letterboxd

    인간을 향해 벅차오를 법한 분노를 어렵게 삭히며, 증오의 역사가 낳은 악의 순환고리를 끝맺고자 모든 이들에게 위령제를 올리는 영화의 인내에 몹시 감탄하게 된다. 숨고르기를 하는 지점들은 어색하나, 영화의 톤과 정신만큼은 한국에서 보기 힘든 성취이다.

  • ★★★½ review by ozora on Letterboxd

    Chilling war drama that succeeds in nailing the cruelty men are capale of when they feel somewhat relieved by their responsability acting in name of a higher authority.

    Visually very polished, it's dragged down by a not very effective cast and a plot that slow down a little too much sometimes.

  • ★★★★ review by Taylor Genovese on Letterboxd

    The high-contrast, black and white story of the Jeju Island massacre—a U.S. government ordered operation to put down a labor uprising in South Korea that ended in over 30,000 civilians being brutally murdered as suspected "Communists." In actuality, the U.S. used anti-communist hatred to initiate a genocide of those living on Jeju Island because residents dared to stand up to American imperialism following World War II.

    I wish that the film went into the political actions that initiated this massacre more, but it importantly told the story of how frightening it was during the 50-60 days that a group of villagers survived while hiding in caves and surviving on potatoes (Ji Seul means "potato" in the Jeju dialect).

  • ★★★★ review by wesHIL on Letterboxd

    7.5/10

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