Thursday, June 08, 2006

Korea/cuture of han

Hanbando... the Korean peninsula. Thousand of years of history, many struggles trying to escape the assault of outside influences, many tragedies influencing the lives of its inhabitants.

The near future. After decades of slow progress, the two divided Koreas are on the verge of re-unification, with the re-opening of the Gyeonguiseon Rail Road (a double railroad which once connected Seoul and Shineuiju in North Korea) to traffic the perfect event to celebrate this momentous event. With peace a possibility now more than ever, Japan reacts angrily to a possible united Korea, contesting that during the colonial period, then Emperor Gojong signed a contract with Japan transferring possession of the Gyeongeuiseon railroad line to them.

As a whole, the film paints the struggles between Korea and Japan. Even if you mention anti-Japanese sentiment, then that's just what a portion of the public feels. But really, what's your level of anti-Japanese sentiment?
Kang: You know, more than being anti-Japanese I'd rather make a statement about dealing with the problem successfully, that sense of overcoming those challenges Japan puts in front of us. It's the kind of sentiment you try to restrain emotionally, but there's always a fundamental sense of denial you can't express. When talking about Japan, be it soccer, films or anything else, there's always that mentality that 'we have to beat them', isn't it? Yeah, of course I want to make something much better than what Japanese films can achieve, but my family itself went through all this personally, so I guess that kind of sentiment is very strong in me.Hanbando


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