May 18 Reviews
The story told in the film is a revised version of history, resulting from 20 years of truth-investigation by independent commissions set up after the fall of Chun Doo-Hwan's regime. During the days of Chun Doo-Hwan, the Gwangju incident was represented merely as a suppression of "enemies of Korea".
This film, while not perfect in many ways, is a moving film that illustrates the sentiments that drive ordinary people to throw away their lives in a fight for something they're not even clear about.
It occurred when President Chun Doo-hwan tried to eliminate any rebels by using military force.
This is a MAJOR film that needs to be seen by everyone.
Min Woo leads a relatively peaceful life with his younger brother Jin Woo
until the day the soldiers go on the rampage against the citizens.
The citizens form a militia determined to protect their loved ones,
and Min-woo finds himself in the middle of it all.
These soliders are crazy.....but i just guess they're following orders. An unbelivable situation.....quite horrific. Well done. A must see film.
'May 18' is a gripping and deeply moving film based on true events (that never should've taken place). A bit too melodramatic, perhaps, but still highly recommended.