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Chung Ji Young (Director) | Park Won Sang (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Eui Sung
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From award-winning Unbowed director Chung Ji Young comes the controversial prison drama National Security, based on the real-life memoirs of late democracy activist and politician Kim Geun Tae. Premiering at the 2012 Busan Film Festival, the critically acclaimed film portrays the torture endured by Kim when he was illegally arrested during the Chun Doo Hwan regime. With most of the film set in the interrogation room, the dark and harrowing drama shocked audiences with its graphic and devastatingly human depiction of political torture. Park Won Sang, who played the defense attorney in Unbowed, takes the leading role as Kim, while veteran actor Lee Kyung Young co-stars as the main torturer. Hard-hitting and uncompromising, the film is a painful and powerful indictment against Korea's former authoritarian regime and human rights abuses in the name of National Security.

On September 4, 1984, democracy movement leader Kim Jong Tae (Park Won Sang) is arrested and taken to an infamous interrogation facility in Namyeong-dong. For the next 22 days, he would be cruelly and continuously tortured in all manners by interrogators intent on forcing him to confess to communist collaboration.

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Product Title: National Security (DVD) (Korea Version) National Security (DVD) (韓國版) National Security (DVD) (韩国版) 南営洞1985 (DVD) (韓国版) 남영동 1985 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: Namyeong-dong 1985 南營洞1985 南营洞1985 Namyeong-dong 1985 Namyeong-dong 1985
Artist Name(s): Park Won Sang (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Eui Sung | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Myung Kye Nam (Actor) | Lee Cheon Hee (Actor) 朴翁尚 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 金義城 | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 明桂男 (Actor) | 李天熙 (Actor) 朴翁尚 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 金义城 | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 明桂男 (Actor) | 李天熙 (Actor) パク・ウォンサン (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | Kim Eui Sung | ムン・ソングン (Actor) | ミョン・ゲナム (Actor) | イ・チョニ (Actor) 박원상 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 김의성 | 문 성근 (Actor) | 명 계남 (Actor) | 이천희 (Actor)
Director: Chung Ji Young 鄭智泳 郑智泳 Chung Ji Young 정지영
Release Date: 2017-04-05
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Lookus Entertainment Korea
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033069903

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남영동 1985 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix: 한국어 Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
부가영상: Audio Commentary (정지영감독/문성근/이경영/박원상/김의성/김중기)

*Director: 정지영

1985년 남영동 치안본부 대공분실 515호…
그곳에서 무슨 일이 일어났는지 아무도 모른다.

전 국민의 숨소리까지 검열하는 군부 독재가 기승을 부리던 1985년 9월 4일, 민주화운동가 김종태는 가족들과 목욕탕을 다녀오던 길에 경찰에 연행된다. 예전부터 자주 경찰에 호출되었던 터라 큰 일은 없으리라 여겼던 그는 정체 모를 남자들의 손에 어딘가로 끌려간다. 눈이 가려진 채 도착한 곳은 남영동 대공분실. 경찰 공안수사당국이 ‘빨갱이’를 축출해낸다는 명목으로 소위 ‘공사’를 하던 고문실이었다. 그날부터 김종태는 온갖 고문으로 좁고 어두운 시멘트 바닥을 뒹굴며 거짓 진술서를 강요 받는다. 아무 양심의 가책 없이 잔혹한 고문을 일삼는 수사관들에게 굽히지 않고 진술을 거부하는 김종태. 하지만 ‘장의사’라 불리는 고문기술자 이두한이 등장하면서 그의 인생을 송두리째 뒤바꾸는 잔혹한 22일이 시작된다.

대한민국 현대사에서 사라진 22일,지워져서는 안 될 기록이 펼쳐진다!
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Professional Review of "National Security (DVD) (Korea Version)"

June 17, 2013

Director Chung Ji Young delivers another no holds barred look at Korean justice and politics in National Security following up his multiple award winning Unbowed which starred Ahn Sung Ki as a real life professor who falls foul of the legal system. Again based on a true story, the film charts the imprisonment and torture of late democracy activist and politician Kim Geun Tae, on whose memoirs the script was adapted from, during the military dictatorship in the mid-1980s. For the leads Chung turned to two of his Unbowed stars, with Park Won Sang as Kim and Lee Kyung Young as his chief tormentor, with supporting cast member Moon Sung Keun also featuring plus Lee Cheon Hee (Barbie) and Myung Kye Nam (Do the Right Thing).

The film is set in September 1985, when democracy movement leader and opponent of the ruling dictatorship Kim Jong Tae (Park Won Sang) is grabbed off the street by the authorities and taken to the infamous Namyeong-dong interrogation facility in Seoul. Accused of being a communist collaborator with North Korea plotting a violent revolution, Kim is beaten, starved and tortured by head interrogator Park (Myung Kye Nam) in the name of confession. When Park fails to get the information he wants, the regime's torture specialist Lee (Lee Kyung Young), nicknamed "The Undertaker"is brought in, and over the next 22 days Kim is subjected to ever worsening torments.

Despite having premiered at the prestigious 2012 Busan Film Festival and having received a great deal of critical acclaim, National Security didn't have the same box office impact as Chung Ji Young's Unbowed. Although it's perhaps easy to see why, as the film is a far bleaker and less crowd-pleasing affair, this is a real shame, as it's a bold and powerful effort, and a passionate cinematic document that successfully throws the spotlight on a dark period of modern Korean history. The film is certainly grim from start to finish, pulling no punches in its graphic depictions of torture, showing Kim being beaten to a pulp, given electric shocks, half-drowned and more. This is made all the harder to watch by Chung's matter of fact treatment of the subject matter, the film going for a wholly realistic approach and fixing an unwavering eye on its horrors rather than trying to turn events into an inspiring tale of one man struggling to resist authoritarian brutality. Taking place almost entirely in one room, there's very little escape for the viewer, and the film is intense throughout, and whilst never exploitative, it's likely to be a bit hard going for some tastes.

Though tough, the film thankfully also has substance and a point, and it's clear that Chung feels earnestly about the subject matter, his passion coming through very strongly. The story is an important one, both as a historical document of things which should not be forgotten and as a reflection of current events and practices both in Korea and around the world, and on these grounds, the film is very effective indeed. This is due in part to a solid script which humanises Kim without cheap sentiment, highlighting his awful situation with both unflinching openness and a degree of Kafka-esque absurdity, including scenes with him being forced to falsify his confessions without having any clue what he is owning up to, his torturers telling him what to write and then beating him further for not being able to remember the lies later. The film's effectiveness is also thanks to Park Won Sang's gripping central performance, adding depth to the portrayal of an everyday man being terrifyingly persecuted for his beliefs, and generating immense sympathy without becoming too much of an obvious figurehead or symbol. The film is all the harder to watch thanks to the believability and vulnerability he brings, and Lee Kyung Young is similarly excellent and on chilling form as The Undertaker, their exchanges and scenes together having a real punch.

Though far from being fun or enjoyable, National Security is another top effort from Chung Ji Young, and a film which delivers a vital message without fuss or pretentiousness. Well written, directed and acted, it deserves to be seen by a wider audience, and serves as s stark reminder of the human cost of the abuse of power and authority.

by James Mudge –

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