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Thaw of Spring Day

DPRK1985104minFiction35mmcolor

DirectorLIM Changbum, KO Hakrim

Zainichi Koreans Nam-su and Yeong-a attempt suicide as their parents disapprove of their marriage. After surviving the suicide attempt, they somehow manage to tie the knot and receive the blessing of their parents. The film follows the couple separating, reuniting, and getting married after being brought up in Korean families with different ideologies in Japan. By doing so, it sheds light on the second-generation Zainich Koreans and their deep-rooted struggles caused by the Division of Korea.

※ Thaw of Spring Day does not provide subtitles due to being projected with analogue film.

Schedule

  • 2019-08-17

    11:00

    Alpensia Cinema

    15 NE Go

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Program Note

 Namsu and Young-a are Korean residents in Japan. They try to kill themselves when parents objected to thier marriage. However, they finally get married with parental permission after many complications. Through separation and reunion of the couple being brought up in Korean families with different ideologies, the film talks about the stinging pain from the division of Korea and hope for the future at the same time. Known for its unusually positive portrayal of South Korea, this North Korean film indirectly embodies a longing for the reunification of the two Koreas by stressing the relationship between the two different families. Some of the scenes, which are rare to be found in a North Korean film, are so shocking that you would find them highly eye-catching.

Credit

  • Cast KIM Ryongrin, KIM Joonsik, SEO Kyungsup
  • Screenwriter RI Chungu
  • Cinematography KWAK Chulsam, RI Heesung
  • Editor KIM Youngsil
  • Music KIM Gunil
  • Sound CHOI Kwangmook

Director

  • LIM Changbum

    Born in Gangwon-do in 1942. He was awarded the Order of Merit Artist in 1988. 
  • KO Hakrim

    He spent his childhood in Japan. He was given the title of the People's Artist.