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December 11, 2016
This dramatization of an important day in Korean history finds soldiers abusing civilians after a military coup, and a group of people stuck in the middle of it. As things escalate, things become more bloody and a bit melodramatic. The movie has some tense moments but it ends on a rather depressing note.
September 30, 2014
Real heart touching film
May 15, 2013
"May 18" tells the story of the Gwangju Massacre in 1980, during which military units were deployed to suppress a student uprising portrayed by the government as a Communist rebellion. Resisted by demonstrations, the army opened fire into unarmed demonstrators. The town later took up arms against the military, resulting in a clash that would produced one of the most tragic days in Korean history.

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.
½ April 29, 2013
There are two moments in this film that are amazing segments of the emotional strain caused by violence. The rest of the film is South Korean's war film version of "Armageddon", and it sucks.
January 20, 2013
bastards... true bastards. have the nerve to attack innocent people thinking they know they are all rebels. beating, killing... shameful. the fact that the one who ordered the initial attack didn't come forward to admit they did it, just shows you that they are truly the cowards. you are man enough to order but you aren't man enough to cop up to it... that's just bs! bastards, just plain cowardly bastards.
½ March 19, 2012
The film is based on the massacre at Gwangju? on May 18. 1980.

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 7, 2011
"Korean Week", Day 6.

'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.
Super Reviewer
½ January 25, 2011
I love how they took a serious story that had Drama, Horror, Suspense, A tiny bit of romance & threw in some humor.I LOVE it when they do that.This movie had something for everybody
August 3, 2010
Emotional, but not pathetic, May 18 gives a nice picture of the terror that happened and makes the audience empathize with the victims of it. I liked it very much.
½ July 27, 2010
This is a great movie that depicts a tragic historical event which took place in Korea, I did not know about this event until I watched this film and I think this should be taught and viewed in history classes in school. It is shocking and sad but good that they made this movie.
½ June 2, 2010
Another heartwrenching movie which shows you the life and times of the Gwangju massacre. And of course my main man (Lee Joongi) died, but he acted well even until his end.
June 2, 2010
sebuah film romans berlatar kejadian nyata pertumpahan darah penduduk kota gwang ju oleh militer yang berkuasa pada tahun 1980.mengharukan!!
June 2, 2010
May 18 is as necessary of a movie to make as Schindler's List and the various other tragic events throughout history that were the result of the abuse of power. It's sad that this same event was repeated in Korea with the current president. I couldn't even watch half of the film because it was so violent.
½ June 2, 2010
Sometimes you find a movie that makes you learn something about history that you didn't really know...
June 2, 2010
The history is always repeat some similar stories, politics is always making people's lives more complicated
June 2, 2010
good. didn't expect this from a Korean movie.
June 2, 2010
decent flick based on true events but something was missing. the movie didnt do a good job of really drawing in the viewer. again, decent....but could've been better
½ June 2, 2010
A movie about the Gwangju massacre in 1980, when the military government repressed a civilian uprising against the dictatorship, which killed hundreds. Its one of the most interesting and important moments of modern Korean history made into a film, so its worth seeing. Although, there is some Korean-style melodrama that is a little taxing, the movie is decent beyond that.
June 2, 2010
Horrible movie, too melodramatic, no background history of what is going on, i dunno why the director chose to spend the first 30 mins of the film on a pointless romance.. the characters were too comical to even care about, disappointing that such a tragic event could be made into such a bad movie. pearl harbor anyone?
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