The 26th Korean Film Night (The Marines Who Never Returned by Lee Man-hee)


Date: 25th June 2009, 7.00 pm
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 The Strand, London WC2N 5EJ

Film Information
(Dora-oji Anneun Haebyeong)” is a superb movie among representative Korean War movies. Released in 1963, it ran for 42 long days, drawing an audience of 194,124. It was also selected as the best movie among the 10 best feature movies dealing with the Korean War. It’s a war film describing the friendship of fellow soldiers and the instincts of men in the face of death. 

Synopsis
A division in the Marine Corps participating in the Incheon Landing Operation during the Korean War successfully moved toward north and defeated the Chinese soldiers, only to realize how cruel war is, witnessing their dying comrades. Characters Jeong Wonju and An Hyeongmin, who are from the same village, along with Donghyeok, Mrs. Jeong, Insuk, a divisional officer named Kang Daesik and marines such as Ha seong are all surrounded by Chinese soldiers and die one by one from relentless sieges, becoming ‘Marines gone’ except An Hyeongmin. He barely survives and is sent on a stretcher to a nurse officer, Cha SeonYeong, his fiancée.

Awards
Winner of Best Director, Best Sound, Best Cinematography at 3rd Grand Bell Awards.
[Sources: Korean Film Archive and www.koreanfilm.org]

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