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The Journals of Musan, "Musan Ilgi", 무산일기
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 15,000
USD 10.54
Year: 2012
Director: Park Jeong Beom
Cast: Park Jeong Beom, Jin Yong Wook, Kang Eun Jin
Region Code: 3
Subtitles: Korean, English
Running time: 128 min.
Rating: Over 15
No. of Disc: 1
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 Named one of the best Korean films of 2011 by many critics, the award-winning indie drama The Journals of Musan is the debut feature of Park Jung Bum, who was previously an assistant director on Lee Chang Dong's Poetry. Park Jung Bum himself stars as the film's hero Seung Chul, a North Korean defector struggling to get by in Seoul. He makes a living by putting up posters for sex shops, and is constantly bullied by his seedy boss and rival poster pasters. Seung Chul holds a torch for Young Sook (Kang Eun Jin), a woman at his church, and takes a low-paying, part-time job at the karaoke bar she manages in order to get closer to her. Observing Young Sook and caring for an adopted puppy are Seung Chul's only respites from a harsh life rife with daily abuse and indignities.

 Based on the stories of the director's late friend, The Journals of Musan's spare yet scathing script reveals an eye-opening character study and a neo-realist portrait of life from the margin, in all its bleak, bewildering, and morally twisted ways. Park Jung Bum previously portrayed the same character in his 2008 short film "125 Jeon Seung Chul", which served as a starting point for his first full-length feature. The director's father Park Young Duk co-stars as a police officer who assists North Korean refugees. Winner of the New Current Award and the FIPRESCI Award at the 15th Pusan Film Festival. 



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