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Korean Film Series IV

Korean post issued the fourth installment of Korean Film Series, introducing four movies produced in the 1990s and 2000s.

Yubong, a pansori singer, teaches Songhwa how to sing pansori while training his step-son, Dongho, to play the drum. As Dongho leaves them one day, Yubong intentionally blinds Songhwa, saying that pansori can be perfected only when the singer has suffered genuine anguish. As a masterpiece that showcased the four beautiful seasons and unique indigenous melodies of Korea, this movie was an adaptation of “Seopyeonje,” a short story written by LEE Cheong Joon. Directed by IM Kwon Taek, a virtuoso in Korea’s cinematic history, this movie was the first Korean film to attract 1 million viewers. The actors include KIM Myung Gon, OH Jeong Hae, KIM Kyu Chul, etc. It was produced in 1993 by TaeHeung Film Co.

Shiri (Swiri)
The Korean peninsula has a tragic history of remaining as the world’s only divided country. This movie is about agents of North Korea’s special forces infiltrating into South Korea. YOO Jung Won, a special agent from South Korea’s National Spy Agency faces the tragic fact that LEE Bang Hee, a North Korea’s sniper, was the very woman he loved. A blockbuster that surpassed 1 million viewers in just 10 days since opening and 5.78 million viewers in total, this movie was directed by KANG Je Kyu and included HAN Suk Kyu, CHOI Min Sik, SONG Gang Ho and KIM Yun Jin as its actors. It was produced in 1999 by Kang Je Kyu Film Inc.

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
Jintae, who has been working hard, despite a hard life, for his younger brother Jinseok and fiance Young Shin, is dragged into the battlefield with Jintae, as the Korean War breaks out. Decades later, Jintae, who fought in the battle only for the sake of his brother, meets his loving brother Jinseok, but only as ashes. Depicting the tragedy and sorrow that the war has brought to a family, this movie attracted the most number of viewers at the time, appealing also to post-war generations. Directed by KANG Je Kyu, this movie includes JANG Dong Gun, WON Bin and LEE Eun Ju as its actors. It was produced in 2004 by Kang Je Kyu Film Inc.

Take Off (Gukga Daepyo)
An adopted ex-ski competitor who visits Korea in search of his birth mother, a club waiter, a young head of a household who toils to support his grandmother and brother, as well as other. This movie depicts the story of these young castaways overcoming the harsh reality of their circumstances to partake in the Winter Olympic games. Based on real stories of the ski-jumping players of Korea, this movie touched the hearts of the audience through dynamic scenes of ski jumps and the loves of each family members. Directed by KIM Yong Hwa, this movie included HA Jung Woo, SEONG Dong Il, KIM Ji Seok, KIM Dong Wook, CHOI Jae Hwan, etc. It was produced in 2009 by KM Culture Co.

Title: Korean Film Series IV
Date of Issue: 27 October 2010
Country: Korea
Denominations: 250 WON

Source: www.koreapost.go.kr

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