To the Starry Island

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To the Starry Island

(Keuseome kakosipta)

by Park Kwang-su

South Korea

 

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Director: Park Kwang-su

Script: Lee Chang-dong, Im Chul-woo, Park Kwang-su

Cinematographer: You Yong-kil

Editing: Kim Hyun

Music: Song Hong-seop

Cast: Ahn Sung-ki, Moon Sung-keun, Shim Hye-jin, Ahn So-young, Lee Yong-yi

Production: Park Kwan-su

Year: 1993

35 mm, Color, 102 min, 
OV Korean with French Subtitles

According to his father's wishes, Moon Jae-Goo attempts to bury his father's body on the island on which he was born. Because of bitter memories of his father's political past during wartime, the villagers refuse to allow his burial. Kim Cheol, Moon's poet friend, attempts to persuade the villagers to change their minds while Moon recalls his past life on the island and his relationships with four local women…

More than the socioploticial issues about the non-solved issues of a country divided for past 40 years, it is the director's great capacity of placing his characters into the natural environment and space, which hits the audiences' attention. But beyond the exotic landscapes, the movie aboars very universal topics: our relation to the world, death, vengeance, love….

 
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