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A RESISTANCE

Mar 04, 2019
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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2019105 MIN | Drama
DIRECTOR JOE Min-ho
CAST KO Asung, KIM Sae-byuk, JEONG Ha-dam
RELEASE DATE February 27, 2019
CONTACT Lotte Cultureworks
Tel : +82 31 930 6500
Fax : +82 31 930 6699

Released to coincide with the March 1 Independence Movement Day holiday, the black and white Colonial Era drama A Resistance is the latest hit to join the ranks of the recent Korean independence dramas. This true story follows the life of historical figure YU Gwan-sun, played by Snowpiercer (2013) star KO Asung.

Independence fighter YU Gwan-sun is jailed for taking an active part in the March 1 Independence movement during the time of Japanese colonial rule in Korea. Despite her situation, YU pushes on and enlists her fellow inmates to continue to resist the empire from behind bars. YU’s provocations are discovered and she is tortured by a Japanese security chief. Following her ordeal, she pretends to toe the line, all the while preparing a new protest, which begins to spread beyond the prison walls. 

The Colonial Era film resurgence, which kicked off with LEE Hae-young’s The Silenced in 2015, has produced films of many shapes and sizes, but A Resistance belongs to a more specific sub-genre, about Korean real-life independence figures and their struggles behind bars. This cycle also includes DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet (2016), Anarchist from the colony (2017) and MAN OF WILL (2017).

Joining KO on screen are several leading lights of independent cinema, including KIM Sae-byuk of The First Lap (2017) and JEONG Ha-dam of Steel Flower (2016). A Resistance is the fourth film by director JOE Min-ho, who previously made A Million (2009), Les Formidables (2006) and Jungle Juice (2002).
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