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Jeju Prayer, "Binyeom", 비념
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 26,000
USD 19.63
Year: 2013
Director: Im Heung Soon
Cast: Kang Sang Hee, Han Shin Hwa
Region Code: 3
Subtitles: Korean, English
Running time: 93 min.
Rating: Over 15
No. of Disc: 1
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 Today, Jeju Island is known as a tourist destination, popular for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. But the island that welcomes many visitors also carries the memory of a tragedy that only natives remember. In March, 1947, a celebration of the Korean struggle against Japanese colonial rule on Jeju Island turned into a protest against what the people perceived as an attempt by the American government to separate the Korean peninsula. The police's violent reaction to the protest sparked a civil movement known as the Jeju Uprising. To quell the protests, the government sent 3,000 soldiers and a paramilitary force called the Northwest Youth Association to put down the protesters. In the end, up to one-fifth of Jeju residents were killed, and the government suppressed the truth for 50 years, until the late 1990s.

 Directed by Im Heung Soon, the documentary Jeju Prayer explores the painful lasting legacy of the Jeju Uprising through the life of an elderly woman, Kang Sang Hee. Granny Kang lost her husband during the Jeju Uprising some sixty years ago, and to this day, she still sleeps with a saw under her pillow per local tradition to ward off nightmares. The ghosts of the past have never left her or her village.



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