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South Korea | 2016 | 114 minutes | Kim Ki-duk

A North Korean fisherman adrift at sea finds himself in South Korean waters, where he is apprehended and suspected of being a spy, undergoing a fierce interrogation by an ambitious officer. A politically charged drama from auteur Kim Ki-duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring).

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Poor North Korean fisherman Nam Chul-woo (Ryoo Seung-bum) lives in a shack with his wife and daughter by the river that divides North Korea and South Korea. Content with a simple life, every day he fishes on the river to provide for his family. One day, as he attempts to draw his net in, it tangles and jams the motor. Heavy tides push him past the invisible border into the waters of South Korea. Immediately upon reaching shore, South Korean authorities arrest Nam on the grounds of being a defector and spy. As he is taken into Seoul, Nam refuses to open his eyes, believing it will help prove his innocence when he returns to his home country. On a personal vendetta, the Inspector (Kim Young-min) brutally interrogates Nam, who refuses to be groomed into lying. Nam soon befriends his guard, Oh Jin-woo (Lee Wong-gun), who believes his innocence and thinks he should be granted passage home to his family. Though Oh's superiors also believe Nam's story, they decide to force "democracy" upon him and attempt to liberate him from North Korea's dictatorship. Caught between the net of two opposing ideologies, Nam realizes his simple life will never be the same even if he closes his eyes.

Director Biography

Born in 1960. After studying art in Paris, Kim Ki-duk returned to Korea and began his career as a screenwriter. He made his directorial debut with a low-budget movie, Crocodile, in 1996. Since then, Kim Ki-duk has been hailed by both critics and audiences for his hard-to-express characters, shocking visuals, and unprecedented messages. He continued on making internationally acclaimed films such as Samaritan Girl (Silver Bear award for Best Direction in Berlin 2004), 3-Iron (Silver Lion Award for Best Direction in Venice 2004), Arirang (Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes 2011). Most notably, his latest work Pieta has won the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at 2012 Venice Film Festival. In 2013, Moebius was invited to Venice Film Festival in the out of competition section, and in 2014, One on One was screened as opening film of Venice Days.

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  • Original Language Title: Geumul
  • Director: Kim Ki-duk
  • Principal Cast: Jeong Ha-dam, Sung Hyun, Ryoo Seung-bum, Lee Won-gun, Kim Young-min
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Producer: Kim Soon-mo
  • Screenplay: Kim Ki-duk
  • Cinematographers: Kim Ki-duk
  • Editors: Park Min-sun
  • Music: Park Young-min
  • Filmography: One on one (2014); Pieta (2012); Amen (2011); Dream (2008); Souffle (2007)
  • Language: Korean
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Finecut Co. Ltd