The Journals Of Musan (2011)

The Journals Of Musan

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Director Park plays a North Korean defector trying to make an honest living in South Korea, where he is continuously faced with the harsh difficulties of fitting into capitalist society. This lonely introvert finds odd jobs in the city that often lead to pain and trouble, but he manages to hold on to some romantic curiosity-and to a fluffy dog who becomes his one reliable source of companionship. This meticulous, almost neorealist portrait hovers between observation and judgment, attachment and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Jung-bum Park
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Seungchul's rotisserie of pain is almost worth enduring just to get to the film's climax: the most knee-jerk tragedy in the world becomes, in Park's hands, one devastating bitter-victory lap.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
Time Out
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By playing Seung-chul as extremely sullen, and by constantly calling attention to his disheveled appearance, Park also provokes viewers to blame the character for his own problems- and thus confront their similarity to the movie's hard-hearted citizens.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Village Voice
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Eventually we learn that a haircut and a new suit don't make for a better man, which seems like a small lesson after what we've been through.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
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A journey through a world of moral and ethical conundrums makes a sobering couple of hours, and also a lively discussion afterwards for amateur Christian theologians.

Full Review… | December 21, 2011
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The film features one of the most beautifully directed scenes I've seen in a long time

Full Review… | May 1, 2011
Film-Forward.com

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