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35 Ratings

A Petal


Directed by Jang Sun-woo
South Korea, 1996


A young girl is caught up in the 1980 Gwangju massacre, where Korean soldiers killed hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters who opposed the country’s takeover by the military the year before.

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A Petal Directed by Jang Sun-woo

Awards & Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam

1997 | Special Mention: KNF Award

Asia-Pacific Film Festival

1996 | 3 wins including: Best Actor

What are people saying?

  • InsertOzuReferencehere's rating of the film A Petal

    The Gwangju massacre is really a back drop for this film, it's more about people than it is horrific events. Though the rape scenes were erratic and seemed to deviate from the Gwangju focus, I felt they were necessary in depicting how complex Moon Sung-keun's character is. The character needed to do something horrendously unforgivable for his intricacies to be properly conveyed. Some see its value, some don't

  • Kelley Dong's rating of the film A Petal

    there are rape scenes that are really unnecessary that establishes that this is a "masculine" movie, regardless of its female protagonist. the coverage of the gwangju massacre is well done in that it doesn't attempt to soften the pain, but the treatment of the little girl keeps bothering me. and jang sun-woo's female characters aren't exactly a strength..i loved the cartoons and the honesty but......

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