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5 Ratings



Directed by Kim Dong-won
South Korea, 2003


North Korean spies return to their homeland.

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Repatriation Directed by Kim Dong-won

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2004 | Winner: Freedom of Expression Award

Fribourg International Film Festival

2005 | Winner: Documentary Award

What are people saying?

  • Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Repatriation

    A documentary that focuses on the human condition and the rift between Koreans caused by the division through Kim’s years of wander in search of the slightest hopes for unification, rather than spending half of its duration telling how badly the prisoners were treated. Narration is casual, plain and simple, not using mind-twisting essay approach or fancy words. Unexpectedly sarcastic ending.