Starring: Ha Jeong-Wu, Seo Jang-Won, Yun Jong-Bin
Director: Yun Jong-Bin
Studio: I Vision Entertainment
About This DVD
Director Yoon Jong-bin's first feature film "The Unforgiven" drew keen attention at the Pusan International Film Festival last Year with its precise depiction of Korean military hierarchy. Yoon, 26, a recent college graduate, tells the story of two junior high school friends who meet later in life. One is a sergeant who quickly adjusts to military life and the other is a private who struggles to resist the army's malpractices.
In the film, the sergeant, Tae-jung, tries to help his rebellious friend, private Sung-young, but the latter continues to cause trouble by breaking taboos in the barracks. After Tae-jung is discharged, Sung-young visits him on his annual leave but Tae-jung notices a change in his restless friend. During an interview with The Korea Times in Pusan, Yoon said he is not fond of persuasive storytelling styles such as "Full Metal Jacket," directed by late Stanley Kubrick, but he did not intend to merely criticize practices of the military. Instead, the young director said he wanted to express sympathy for misfits by showing the complicated reality of army life.
The film was shot in real military barracks for three days, and in order to do so, the director said he even had to submit a fake scenario to the Defense Ministry. "The Unforgiven" won four awards at the Pusan fest, including one given out by an organization of international film critics and another voted on by visitors.
"The Unforgiven" by Korean director Yoon Jong-bin was one of the most acclaimed movies at last year's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). On everybody's lips during the festival, it came out triumphantly with four awards: a special mention by the New Currents jury, the FIPRESCI Prize, awarded by an organization of international film critics, the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award, and the PSB Audience Award. The director is a mere 26 years old and graduated from film studies department at ChungAng University this spring. "The Unforgiven" was his graduation work.
The film bluntly calls violent and oppressive structures within the military into question. Through the story of two friends from middle school who meet again in the military, one as a sergeant and the other as a second-class private, the film shows how habitual violence and blind obedience system brainwash, subdue and destroy individuals.
The movie tells us that friendship and conviction, too, can change. A changing power structure means readjustments in relationships, and the time spent in the military is the sole standard for determining the quality of all relationships built there. For women in the audience, the space depicted in the movie could not be weirder if it was a fantasy movie, and for men who have been through the military it could be no more painfully realistic.
The intense self-reproach and guilt expressed in the movie are perhaps the original sin of all Korean men. In this sense, it could have been more appropriate to call the movie "The Man Who Never Forgives Himself" rather than "The Unforgiven."
"The Unforgiven" has been invited to this year's Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround, DD 2.0 Stereo|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Special Features:||- Director's Short Film: The
Proof of Mankind
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