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Straits of Chosun


Directed by Park Gi-chae
South Korea, 1943


Seong-gi is back home and bowing his head in front of the photo of his older brother who died while fighting in the war. The father is angered at his younger son, who chose to run away from home when his parents opposed the girl he was seeing.

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Straits of Chosun Directed by Park Gi-chae

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  • Noli Manaig's rating of the film Straits of Chosun

    As a family drama, surely there are worse films than this. Nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary, however. As geopolitics, it glosses over the thorny background, the Japanese rule of Korea. What may hint at something more suitably anti-colonial, though, is a character -- the overly authoritarian father -- who looks like a poorman's version of Emperor Hirohito.