Starring: Im Chang-Jeong, Park Jin-Hee, Im Hyeon-Sik
Director: Kim Jong-Jin
Studio: KD Media (Korea)
Rating: 12 UP
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About This DVD
A remote village nestled near the heavily fortified border that divides South and North Korea is not a popular place. But "Mannamui Gwangjang (Meeting Square)" ("Underground Rendez-vous"), a film set in the 1980s and directed by Kim Jong-jin, attempts to make it at least a meaningful place where families gather together in a peculiar way.
In the film, Young-tan (Im Chang-jeong), who lives on an obscure island, has a big dream: becoming a teacher in a big city. Befitting his ambition, he cannot stand anybody near him committing an immoral act. He is, after all, a paragon of morality and virtue who sets high standards in society -- a core quality that he believes he needs to be a good teacher. The trouble is that he fails to pass every exam he takes to become a teacher. Apparently, the state does not consider his virtuous life in screening good teachers. Undaunted, Young-tae moves to Seoul in the hopes of preparing for the exam more seriously, but the very moment he arrives at Seoul Station -- a dangerous place for unsuspecting islanders -- touches off something he least expects.
Helped by mere luck (or misfortune), he stumbles into a training program titled "Samcheong Gyoyukdae", which Young-tan wrongly takes for "Samcheong Education University". Samcheong Gyuyukdae, however, is not meant for teacher wannabes. It existed in the 1980s during the military dictatorship in Korea, and it was a notorious boot camp designed to punish dissenters. Another lucky turn sends Young-tan to a village where he is mistaken for a teacher, while the real teacher (played by Ryoo Seung-beom) is lost in woods packed with land mines.
From this point on, the film mixes comedy and semi-mystery, with villagers led by the town chief (Im Hyeon-sik) acting weirdly. The puzzle, which is not hard to unravel for most Korean audiences, manages to get the plot rolling, with Young-tan falling in love with a beautiful yet bad-tempered girl Seon-mi (Park Jin-hee). To Young-tan's dismay, the town chief and his sister-in-law Seon-mi seem to be having an affair, a classic comedy of misunderstanding that introduces a chain of unexpected events.
Set in the 1980ís, the eldest son of a poor family decides to move to Seoul to become a teacher. Yet as soon as he reaches the city, his money is stolen and his bags are lost. He manages to reach a remote town, where coincidentally they were looking for a new teacher for the town children. He soon falls in love with a woman there, yet her origin seems vague as the townspeople only say she comes from somewhere up North. It turns out the townspeople have been communicating with another bordering town in North Korea through a secret tunnel connecting the two.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1, DD 2.0|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Running Time:||107 + 104|
Disc 1 :
- After Commentary
Disc 2 :
- Making of
- Art Design
- Deleted Scenes
- Premier Scenes
- Photo Gallery
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