London Korean Film Night: The Uprising (1999)

Director: Park Kwangsu
Running Time: 110 mins
Screening Date: March 15, 2012
Theartre: Multi-purpose Hall, KCCUK

In the late 1800’s, during the Choson Dynasty, the newer Christian religious movement was gradually gaining strength and numbers, quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with and increasingly taking power from traditional Confusionists. The declaration by the Choson government, in 1901, of heavier taxation than had ever been seen in Korea (which was strongly supported by French Catholic priests in the country) caused the heated feelings of the Confusionists to explode, resulting in a rebel Confusionist army being formed which subsequently laid siege to the Christian stronghold in Cheju and resulted in the massacre of hundreds of Christians in little more than a matter of days. The Uprising details the events leading up to the assault, focusing on the story of Yi Jae-su, the young man destined to become the leader of the rebel army…


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