Many fantastical and superb motion pictures have come from Korea, however chances are you’ll be shocked that a few of these extraordinary tales are derived from some reality. Beneath are simply among the nice Korean movies “primarily based on true occasions.”
“The Admiral: Roaring Currents”
Starring: Choi Min Sik, Ryu Seung Ryong, Jo Jin Woong
Motion-packed and full of pleasure and drama, “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” garnered over 17.6 million viewers throughout its run in theaters, the most ever in Korean field workplace historical past. And it’s no marvel Korean audiences got here out in droves to witness the dramatization of some of the epic naval battles in historical past. In the course of the Joseon Dynasty, beneath the reign of King Seonjo and throughout the Japanese invasions of Korea, one man led 12 ships to victory in opposition to a Japanese fleet of over 300 vessels.
That man was Yi Solar Shin, a army man who confirmed nice ability and success from a younger age. Army leaders have been threatened and falsely accused him of desertion, after which he was stripped of his rank, tortured, and imprisoned. After his launch, he rapidly rose via the ranks once more till he reached his place as Commander of the Left Jeolla Naval District. He labored tirelessly to construct up the ranks of the Korean navy and invented the famed Turtle Ship, which might be used to win the Battle of Myeongnyang.
Historians think about Yi Solar Shin as competent an admiral as Horatio Nelson, which, contemplating his background, is sort of unbelievable. Not solely did he lead Korea to a variety of victories, each on land and sea, however he went out in a blaze of glory after combating off the Japanese offense. His final phrases, “The battle is at its peak. Beat my struggle drums. Don’t announce my demise,” gives you chills.
Starring: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu Mi
The true story behind “Silenced,” a film primarily based on a novel of the identical identify by writer Gong Ji Younger, is surprising and painful to listen to, however the actual disbelief behind the story comes from how readily individuals in positions of energy coated up what occurred and swept the victims beneath the rug.
The story follows Kang In Ho (performed by Gong Yoo) as he begins a brand new job in a boarding college for youngsters with listening to impairments. The youngsters are clearly victims of abuse, and as he investigates additional, he finds a darkish, disgusting basis beneath the college’s shining exterior. Like within the film, the actual instructor got here ahead to authorities to guard his college students from abuse, however years later, most of the individuals accused of horrible crimes have been allowed to remain on on the college as academics. Fortunately, the success of the film solid a harsher mild on these accused, and their instances have been reopened. The general public additionally referred to as on the federal government to make critical modifications in the way in which academics are screened for prison offenses and the way baby abusers are punished.
Starring: Kim Yun Seok, Ha Jung Woo
This film is way extra thrilling, thrilling, and dramatized than the true occasions surrounding Korean serial killer Yoo Younger Chul. Nonetheless, the true story is definitely one for the books, serial homicide being a uncommon prevalence in South Korea, with only a handful of perpetrators on report. Born in 1970, Yoo Younger Chul began his lifetime of crime from a younger age with arrests for forgery, theft, and id theft. He then escalated to baby abuse and distribution of kid pornography, and at last homicide and cannibalism. He began his killing spree with a grudge in opposition to the rich, bludgeoning older males of their properties, however when authorities began to see the sample, he transferred his malicious intent in the direction of feminine masseuses (supposedly after his girlfriend, additionally a masseuse, left him).
This progressed to intercourse employees when his typical therapeutic massage parlors stopped sending individuals to his home. Yoo was apprehended by civilians from a therapeutic massage parlor after he contacted them and requested to fulfill a masseuse at an agreed upon location. They held him down till the police arrived, and Yoo ultimately confessed to 21 murders. Regardless of his confession, the Seoul Central District Courtroom solely convicted him of 20 on account of an absence of bodily proof. He was sentenced to demise on December 13, 2004 and stays on the Seoul Detention Middle. Though the demise penalty is permissible by Korean regulation, it has not been carried out since 1997.
“Reminiscences of Homicide”
Starring: Music Kang Ho, Kim Sang Kyung, Kim Roe Ha
This action-packed and thrilling film from Director Bong Joon Ho is a unfastened retelling of some of the prolific homicide instances in Korean historical past.
The Hwaseong Serial Murders shook South Korea as an unknown man raped and murdered 10 girls between September 15, 1986 and April three, 1991. This case turned the primary recognized report of a serial killer in South Korea with a transparent modus operandi and has been in comparison with the infamous Zodiac Killer of America. In every case, the victims have been discovered certain, sexually assaulted, and strangled to demise with objects of their very own clothes. The authorities have been unable to establish a suspect regardless of having DNA proof, as forensic investigation was nonetheless in early improvement. Police imagine the perpetrator was in his 20s on the time of his crimes, between 165–170 centimeters tall, and blood sort B, however little else is understood. One other homicide utilizing the same modus operandi was investigated in 2004, however continues to be unsolved and can’t be immediately linked to the Hwaseong Serial Homicide Case.
The statute of limitations on the case ran out in 2006, however the The South Korean Nationwide Meeting handed an “amended prison process regulation” in July of 2015, eradicating the 25-year statute of limitations on first-degree homicide in a near-unanimous vote. This implies the case might be legally reopened and investigated. Extra consideration has been delivered to the case and its victims by a number of TV and film variations, together with “Reminiscences of Homicide.”
“The Case of Itaewon Murder”
Starring: Jang Geun Suk, Jung Jin Younger
On April three, 1997, a celebration in Itaewon took a darkish flip when 22-year-old Hongik College scholar Jo Jung Pil was stabbed to demise within the rest room of a Burger King in the identical constructing. Twenty plus youngsters attended the occasion, and witnesses say a dialog within the Burger King restaurant turned to the dialogue of knives minutes earlier than the homicide came about.
Arthur Peterson (18 on the time of the incident) and his good friend Edward Lee have been the prime suspects, however failure to analyze correctly led to their launch in 1998 with no bodily proof to hyperlink them to the crimes. Each boys insisted the opposite was the assassin, and them touring abroad made it tough for prosecutors to deliver them to justice even in mild of recent DNA proof that proved Peterson responsible and implied Lee could have been the instigator. The discharge of “The place the Reality Lies” spurred controversy and led the general public to demand justice for the crime, and together with persistence from the sufferer’s household, Patterson was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 20 years in jail. Regardless of the closure a responsible sentence offers, the motive behind the homicide stays unknown.
“A Taxi Driver”
Starring: Music Kang Ho
There are numerous motion pictures and exhibits memorializing and dramatizing the occasions of the 1980 Gwangju Bloodbath, however “A Taxi Driver” exhibits the expertise of two males circuitously concerned within the rebellion, however witnessing the occasions and struggling to report them to the world.
From Might 18 to 27 in Gwangju South Korea, Gwangju residents took up arms to guard themselves in opposition to army forces after the merciless therapy of Chonnam College College students throughout peaceable protest. College students who have been demonstrating in opposition to the martial regulation authorities have been fired upon, killed, raped, and overwhelmed by authorities troops. As many as 606 persons are believed to have misplaced their lives.
This film follows the story of Kim Man Seob (performed by Music Kang Ho), a taxi driver in Seoul who hears of a overseas journalist with an costly request. Drive him to Gwangju and again earlier than curfew, throughout civil unrest, when overseas journalists have been prohibited from getting into the small metropolis. Regardless of highway blocks enforced by the Korean army, they’re able to enter Gwangju beneath the guise of being missionaries, solely to find the chaos of the Gwangju Bloodbath. Man Seob is nervous about leaving his daughter at dwelling alone for thus lengthy unable to contact her, and he fears for his personal security. Nonetheless, as he tries to return to Seoul, he sees the ache and turmoil of these round him and returns to complete his job.
Jürgen “Peter” Hinzpeter, the German journalist who risked his life and his freedom to report on the occasions of the Gwangju Democratization Motion, was later awarded for his efforts after efficiently leaving Korea and sharing his story with the world. It was later found that his taxi driver had given him a pretend identify, so the driving force was by no means found and rewarded.
Starring: Kang Ha Neul, Jung Woo
On August 10, 2000, a taxi driver with the final identify Yoo was discovered with a number of stab wounds to his chest and shoulder at Yakchon Crossing in Iksan, North Jeolla Province. He was rushed to the hospital, however died of his accidents the identical day. A 16-year-old boy with the final identify Choi got here ahead as a witness to the homicide and gave proof that the police used to create a sketched portrait of the killer. Nonetheless, three days later, the police arrested Choi on suspicion of homicide, claiming that he had confessed to the crime. Though he recanted his confession on the grounds that it was coerced by the police, he later confessed once more and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
In 2003, the Gunsan police division launched an announcement asserting that they’d apprehended the actual killer, however on account of an absence of bodily proof, they have been unable to convict him. Right now, Choi had served three years of his 10-year sentence and would go on to finish it. An SBS TV documentary on the case launched in 2013 urged that the taxi tachometer is proof that Choi couldn’t have been the true killer, forcing the Iksan police division to launch an announcement promising to evaluate their investigation. Nonetheless, within the mild of a doable lawsuit from Choi if he have been to be launched, the police division claimed no reminiscence of the main points of the case.
Choi suffered nice psychological stress within the wake of his jail expertise and false conviction. After his launch he requested a brand new trial on the Gwangju Excessive Courtroom in March 2013 with the assist of lawyer Bak Jun Yeong, recognized to focus on retrials. In November 2016, the courtroom acquitted Choi. The identical yr, the actual killer, final identify Kim, was arrested once more and placed on trial, after which he was lastly convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
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