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 detachment, stoicism and sentimentalism, revealing a protagonist who is painfully flawed and fully human. -- (C) MoMA

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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.

    Aug 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    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.

    Aug 16, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • "Journals of Musan" is a very rewarding film that manages to shed a realistic light to the lives of North Korean refugees, and that is where its true value lies.

    Apr 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 21, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film features one of the most beautifully directed scenes I've seen in a long time

    May 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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