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29 Ratings

The Journals of Musan

Musan il-gy

Directed by Park Jungbum
South Korea, 2010


The protagonist is one of the growing group of poor North Korean refugees who are trying to adapt in capitalist South Korea. The maker, former assistant director to Lee Chang-dong, has made a deeply moving and profound film about the position of the unwanted guest.

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The Journals of Musan Directed by Park Jungbum

Awards & Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2011 | 2 wins including: Tiger Award

San Francisco International Film Festival

2011 | Winner: New Directors Award

Tribeca Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Best New Narrative Director (Viewpoints)

What are people saying?

  • Gran-Hoff's rating of the film The Journals of Musan

    At first the whole "calvary" the protagonist goes through was too much of a weak point. Then, considering it by his christian perspective and filtering his guilt as a former murderer (guilt as a former communist), the movie started to take shape as an honest tale of the cruel entering in the capitalist world, distortedly viewed as the working purgatory to Capital Heaven. Everybody pays for their "original sin".

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