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(en) [South Korea]"Anarchist of the Colony", film based on the life of the anarchist Park Yeol, By Daniela Joo - ANA (ca, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:59:44 +0200


Movie: "Anarchist from Colony" ---- Director: Lee Joon Ik ---- Cast: Lee Je Hun, Choi Hee Seo, Im In Wu ---- Plot Keywords: ---- Duration: 129 minutes ---- Country: South Korea ---- World Release Date: June 28, 2017 ---- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z5YYLKiUIw ---- Argument ---- Year 1923. Park Yeol forms a clandestine organization in Tokyo to fight for Korea's independence. At the moment, falls in love with Kaneko Fumiko, a woman who, still being Japanese, saw the injustices committed by her country and advocated for the freedom of the Koreans. Then there is the great Kanto earthquake in Japan, where more than 6,000 Koreans live in that country in a massacre triggered by an unfounded rumor that the Koreans have mixed poison in the water. To cover up the massacre, the Japanese government puts up a theater announcing that there was a conspiracy to assassinate the Japanese emperor and says it was planned by Park Yeol. What the authorities in Tokyo did not imagine, however, is that the conduct of Park Yeol and his then wife Kaneko Fumiko, who makes the false confession that they plotted the conspiracy and accepted the prison sentence without protest. But for what? For to deride the Japanese imperialist court and to leave in their official historical records their convictions as anarchists ...

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"This film is based on a true story, as well as on the evidence that relates and testifies to this story, and all the characters are also real." On the large, unenlightened screen, this phrase appears, defining the character of the film projecting itself: the "Anarchist of the Colony" by director Lee Joon Ik.

The main character of the film is Park Yeol, a man who during the period of Japanese colonial rule over Korea went to Japan and joined the anarchist movement. And about this personality, which was a milestone in the history shared by Korea and Japan, the director Lee Joon Ik studied a lot. Not only it. So did her research, the cast, and even the production team, to portray this character best, the woman who was her best friend and lifemate, as well as in her struggle, and the time when this couple lived. The characters who prefer to approach director Lee Joon Ik in their works are the rebels who clash against absolute power. So was Jangsaeng from the movie "The King's Man" and also Prince Sado from the movie "Sado." However, Park Yeol captivated him 20 years ago and during two decades the filmmaker worked on the project to shoot a film about this personality. However, the public can not help feeling stunned by the feature film. It is that the "Anarchist of the Colony" clearly distances itself from other cinematographic productions that settle in the colonial era and reflect these times putting Japan like evil oppressor and Korea like poor oppressed. But this has to do with the central character of this tape: Park Yeol, who was not so much an independentist, but an anarchist. It is that the "Anarchist of the Colony" clearly distances itself from other cinematographic productions that settle in the colonial era and reflect these times putting Japan like evil oppressor and Korea like poor oppressed. But this has to do with the central character of this tape: Park Yeol, who was not so much an independentist, but an anarchist. It is that the "Anarchist of the Colony" clearly distances itself from other cinematographic productions that settle in the colonial era and reflect these times putting Japan like evil oppressor and Korea like poor oppressed. But this has to do with the central character of this tape: Park Yeol, who was not so much an independentist, but an anarchist.

The film "Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet" by director Lee Joon Ik - about the poet Yoon Dong Ju, who with his pen rebelled against the Japanese and fought for the independence of Korea - is a film that gives wings to the imagination of the public . The "Anarchist of the Colony", for its part, is full of passion from beginning to end. The film focuses almost entirely on representing the story of Park Yeol and Fumiko Kaneko in the best way, while showing the audacity and the righteousness of this couple.

In fact, Park Yeol, although he hates the political leaders of Japan, feels sympathy for the Japanese people. And the story of the feature film "Anarchist of the Colony" develops, exposing that what makes Park Yeol is not to practice activities for the independence of the motherland, but to annul Japanese imperialism. In an interview, director Lee Joon Ik said that looking at the colonial era from a single point of view is not recommended, but that a lot of people do it because they want to believe in the one-dimensional framework that places Japan on the bad side and Korea in the good , and because he thinks that in this context everything can be portrayed with much more drama. He wonders if all the Japanese who lived through this era were evil and emphasizes that to correct the story, it is necessary to accept the truth as it is.

Nevertheless, something that confuses the spectator is the conversion of Park Yeol of an anarchist and hardened rebel into a nationalistic independentista, that has been seen repeatedly in many other films on the colonial period. Director Lee Joon Ik anticipated that everything that appears or is told in the film is based on official historical evidence and said, such a conversion may have been real in Park Yeol's life as well. Still, the change may seem too artificial or dramatic. But will this factor make the work more convincing? Each viewer will have a different response to whether the historical facts plus the filmmaker's intention to present the story of the anarchist Park Yeol with more drama and passion, have damaged or improved the texture of the film.

Source: http://world.kbs.co.kr/spanish/program/program_movie_detail.htm?No=3408

Translation> Sol de Abril
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