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To the Starry Island (그 섬에 가고 싶다)

그 섬에 가고 싶다 (geu seom-e ga-go sip-da)

Directed by Park Kwang-soo (박광수)

Screenplay by , ,

Drama

101min | Release date in South Korea :

Synopsis
According to his father's wishes, Moon Jae-goo attempts to bury his father's body on the island on which he was born. Because of bitter memories of his father's political past during wartime, the villagers refuse to allow his burial. Kim Cheol, Moon's poet friend, attempts to persuade the villagers to change their minds while Moon recalls his past life on the island and his relationships with four local women.

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  • [Guest Film Review] "To the Starry Island"

    2018/03/31
    The film that introduced Lee Chang-dong to the world of filmmaking has an interesting story behind this collaboration. Park Kwang-soo, the director, whom Lee met through the writer Choe In-seok, was eager to be introduced to Lim Chul-woo, who wrote what would become the source novel of "To the Starry Island". Park first called upon Lee to make the connection and then, after Im wrote a preliminary adaptation, asked Lee not only to revise it but also, eventually, to serve as the assistant director. (Source: Senses of Cinema),...More

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  • Lee Chang-dong Retrospective: The Realistically Melodramatic Cinema of the "Marginalized" - Part 1

    2018/04/21
    I make films for the kind of people that are characters in "Oasis" or "Poetry". Considered by many as the greatest contemporary Korean filmmaker, Lee Chang-dong is a truly rare case in the peninsula's cinema, both due to his impressive filmography and the rather unusual (unconventional if you prefer) path he followed in his life, which brought him from a teacher's position to the seat of the Minister of Culture. Let us take things from the beginning though. (Since his films have been analyzed to the fullest, I have included only my personal comments on each one) Lee Chang-dong was born July 4, 1954 in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province, a city considered by many as the most conservative (and rightist) in the country, to lower middle class parents, who were leaning to the left, particularly his father, who was an idealist who never had a job, thus forcing his wife to work hard in order to support the family. On the other hand, his family came from noble class of the old Korea, and this contradiction, of growing up in a ruined, ex-noble family with communist ties shaped his character quite significantly,...More
  • [Guest Film Review] "To the Starry Island"

    2018/03/31
    The film that introduced Lee Chang-dong to the world of filmmaking has an interesting story behind this collaboration. Park Kwang-soo, the director, whom Lee met through the writer Choe In-seok, was eager to be introduced to Lim Chul-woo, who wrote what would become the source novel of "To the Starry Island". Park first called upon Lee to make the connection and then, after Im wrote a preliminary adaptation, asked Lee not only to revise it but also, eventually, to serve as the assistant director. (Source: Senses of Cinema),...More
  • Lee Chang-Dong Tribute in Fribourg

    2008/03/04, Source
    The most comprehensive retrospective yet of critically acclaimed Korean director Lee Chang-dong will be featured at the 22nd Fribourg Intern,...More
  • Lee Chang-dong's New Film Opens In May

    2007/03/06, Source
    Director Lee Chang-dong's next film is in the post-production stage after filming finished on February 10th. The film will be released in Kor,...More
  • Weekend Screenings Korean War Films at KOFA
    2006/06/09, Source
    The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) programmed Korean films dealing with the Korean War and the division of Korea with English subtitles. The films will be screened on weekend afternoons in the month June. The program is titled "War and Society: 1950-2000" ( http://www.koreafilm.org/theatre/screening_mai,...More
  • Films on Korean War, Focus on Koreans
    2006/06/05, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Tuesday is Memorial Day, a day when the entire nation honors the veterans who sacrificed their lives for their country and fellow Koreans during the Korean War.

    Apart from a patriotic perspective, it is also important to understand the war and its aftermath stil,...
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  • Big Screen Actors Make Presence Felt on Small Stage
    2005/10/31, Source
    By Bae Keun-min
    Staff Reporter

    Sol Kyung-gu, left, famous for such films as "Peppermint Candy", stars with,...
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  • The 2004 Jakarta International Film Festival: director Lee Chang-dong's movies special screening.
    2004/12/06, Source
    The Pusan International Film Festival secretariat said that The 2004 Jakarta International Film Festival opened on Dec. 3 in Indonesia, has prepared director Lee Chang-dong's three movies special screening.

    His movies currently on show ar,...
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Staff
 Lim Chul-woo (임철우)
 Original work
 Lee Joon-dong (이준동)
 Production department
 Park Ki-yong (박기용)
 Production department
 Heo Jin-ho (허진호)
 Assistant director
 Lee Chang-dong (이창동)
 Assistant director
 Park Heung-sik (박흥식)
 Assistant director
 Oh Seung-wook (오승욱)
 Assistant director
 Jang Moon-il (장문일)
 Assistant director
 Seong Ji-hye (성지혜)
 Script coordinator
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Release date in South Korea : 1993/12/24

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