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Gong Yoo (Actor) | Jung Yu Mi (Actor) | Kim Ji Yeong (Actor) | Baek Seung Hwan (Actor)
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The most controversial Korean film of 2011, Silenced (a.k.a. The Crucible) directed by Hwang Dong Hyuk (My Father) has brought widespread attention to a tragic real-life story of sexual abuse at a school for children with hearing impairment. Based on a novel inspired by the shocking case, the film is a haunting, harrowing expose of the heinous crimes committed and the uphill battle in court for justice. Gong Yoo (Finding Mr. Destiny) and Jung Yoo Mi (Oki's Movie) star as a teacher and a social worker who uncover the horrifying truth and fight to break the silence. With heartbreaking performances from child actors Baek Seung Hwan, Kim Hyun Soo, annd Jeong In Seo, Silenced's powerful, devastating story not only sold over four million tickets at the Korean box office, it also had a positive impact in the real world. The film raised public awareness and outrage about lenient laws and court rulings on sexual violence against minors, leading to legislation reform and reopened investigations against the school.

Struggling single father In Ho (Gong Yoo) finally finds a teaching position at a school for children with hearing impairment in the foggy town of Mujin. The job was not easy to come by for In Ho, who is already in a tough financial situation but had to cough up a "donation" to the administration. It doesn't take long for In Ho to notice that something is amiss at the gloomy school: the teachers treat students with disdain, the children seem afraid and distrustful of the staff, and strange sounds can be heard at night. When In Ho comes across a staff brutally beating a student one night, he realizes that something far more terrible is happening. With the help of social worker Yoo Jin (Jung Yoo Mi), he gains the trust of the children and learns the shocking truth that students are being physically and sexually abused by the faculty. When In Ho and Yoo Jin try to bring the perpetrators to justice, they find themselves up against a corrupt and apathetic educational and legal system that has turned a blind eye at every turn.

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Product Title: Silenced (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 無聲吶喊 (2011) (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 无声呐喊 (2011) (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) トガニ 幼き瞳の告発 (2011) (DVD) (英語字幕版) (香港版) 도가니
Also known as: 熔爐 熔炉
Artist Name(s): Gong Yoo (Actor) | Jung Yu Mi (Actor) | Kim Ji Yeong (Actor) | Baek Seung Hwan (Actor) 孔侑 (Actor) | 鄭有美 (Actor) | Kim Ji Yeong (Actor) | 白承煥 (Actor) 孔侑 (Actor) | 郑有美 (Actor) | Kim Ji Yeong (Actor) | 白承焕 (Actor) コン・ユ (Actor) | チョン・ユミ (Actor) | Kim Ji Yeong (Actor) | Baek Seung Hwan (Actor) 공유 (Actor) | 정유미 (Actor) | 김지영 (Actor) | 백승환 (Actor)
Director: Hwang Dong Hyuk 黃東赫 黄东赫 ファン・ドンヒョク 황동혁
Release Date: 2012-08-23
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.33 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 124 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031312204

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Director: Hwang Dong Hyuk

2011, the heart-moving truth unveiled

Though it is hard to believe, this is the true account of what took place inside a school for the deaf.

For about 5 years since 2000, the principal and some teachers committed inhumane sexual molestation and abuse against some hearing impaired children. Though we do not want to accept it, it is true.
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Professional Review of "Silenced (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 17, 2012

This professional review refers to Silenced (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Based on the novel "Dokani" by Kong Ji Young and charting shocking real life events and sexual abuse at a school for hearing-impaired children, Silenced (a.k.a. The Crucible) emerged as the most controversial and harrowing Korean film of 2011. Directed by Hwang Dong Hyuk (My Father), the film is a bold attempt to raise public awareness about the case and to highlight disturbing flaws in the Korean educational and legal systems, focusing on the true story of how a teacher and social worker, played by Gong Yoo (Finding Mr. Destiny) and Jung Yoo Mi (Oki's Movie) struggled to bring the perpetrators to justice. With strong performances from child actors Baek Seung Hwan, Kim Hyun Soo and Jeong In Seo, the film was a deserved success both critically and commercially, pulling in more than 4 million admissions at the domestic box office, and more importantly also led to a changing of laws and a reopening of the actual case.

The film begins with Gong Yoo as Ho, a single father trying to raise his sick daughter, who finds a job as a teacher at a school for hearing-impaired children in Mujin, a remote town known mainly for its fog. Upon arrival, the earnest young man is shocked when it's politely made clear by the headmaster twin brothers (Jang Gwang, Vampire Prosecutor) that he has to make a sizable financial "donation" to the school in return for his position. Settling into life at the school, he quickly realises that something is wrong, as he witnesses children being beaten and hears strange screaming in the corridors at night. After he rescues a young girl from being brutalised by a female teacher, with the help of social worker Yoo Jin (Jung Yoo Mi) he uncovers the monstrous truth about the sexual abuse going on at the school. Together they begin a long fight for justice, coming up against a system which seems to be specifically designed to protect the guilty.

Silenced really is a true horror film, and makes for a tough, gruelling experience. Director Hwang Dong Hyuk doesn's hold back, and the film never pulls its punches, with some horribly graphic scenes of violence and sexual abuse from early on. Once the confessions start, the film is fairly unrelenting, and it's impossible to imagine any viewer not being shocked and heartbroken at the ordeals of the children, all the more so thanks to some amazingly brave and convincing performances from its young actors and actresses. The film is very well made, shot by Hwang with a grounded feel and dark, shadowy colours, with some good use of the mist which seems to permanently cloak the town. All of this makes the film depressingly believable, never letting the viewer forget that its tragic events really happened, and though not entirely bleak and showing a few glimmers of resilience and hope, it really is very upsetting throughout. This is of course the point, with Hwang's purpose clearly being to generate outrage and lay bare the abhorrent abuse, and he achieves this with an admirable lack of manipulation or cheap shock tactics.

The film is equally distressing in its depiction of the Korean justice system and the way in which Ho and Yoo Jin are thwarted at almost every turn, despite having clear evidence of the awful crimes. The film is deeply critical of Korean society, and it's at times very difficult to believe just how openly efforts are made to cover up the abuse and to protect those involved. Hwang shows corruption at all levels of the educational and legal system, and the film's second half courtroom drama is tense and gripping without ever getting too preachy or adding in any unnecessary artificial drama.

Although frequently hard to watch, Silenced nevertheless comes very highly recommended and stands as not just the most controversial, but one of the best and most hard hitting Korean films of 2011. With its impressive real life achievements testament to its power and to the ability of cinema to be politically charged and worthy, Hwang Dong Hyuk has produced a stunning film which elicits anger, disbelief and horror, and which sticks in the memory long after its poignant conclusion.

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Customer Review of "Silenced (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (3)

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April 18, 2012

This customer review refers to Silenced (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
2 people found this review helpful

A harrowing account of child abuse Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In Korean film “Whispering Corridors” school life was more like a survival horror experience than education. And according to “Silenced” orphanages are even worse, especially Mujin’s Ja-ae Academy for deaf and mentally impaired children. But when art teacher In-ho (Gong Yoo) joins the academy he assists uncovering sordid truths behind physical assaults on three children. In-ho driving to the foggy coastal town of Mujin (a bit like foggy Silent Hill but in the…normal world), almost crashes into a lorry, swerving his car and hitting a rabbit as a simultaneous ‘vision’ scene of a boy is killed by a speeding train. The latter is a ghostly replay of a child’s past suicide and a dread portend of the rife abuse In-ho will soon encounter at the ‘awarded’ Ja-ae academy. Stopping at a garage for fuel, In-ho’s car is then hit in the rear by a partially drunk woman. The woman is Yu-jin (Yu-mi Jung), a human rights lawyer that In-ho learns about when she gives him her contact card for car insurance details. As In-ho’s car engine bombs out, Yu-jin offers to drive In-ho to the academy.

At the Ja-ae school In-ho meets its two helmsmen, twin brothers Lee who are the principle and chief administrator. In-ho though as to pay $50,000 donation for his teaching post. Needing the job to support his sick daughter Sol after his wife had died, In-ho phones his mother for a loan. In the school In-ho notices the children suspicious and withdrawn. Especially Yeon-du (an orphan girl), Yu-ri (a girl with mental disability) and Min-su, a boy whose brother committed suicide on a railway line. A teacher colleague tells In-ho the children are withdrawn due to their deafness. But when In-ho enters a class and sees a teacher severely beating Min-su for running away, he becomes uncertain. In-ho puts this aside, but when In-ho then witnesses a female tutor thrusting Yeon-du’s head into a washing machine (punishment also for running away), In-ho reacts with utter disgust at the obvious assault, threatening to report the misdeed. The woman Ja-ae, a residence counsellor and ‘correctness officer’ merely tells In-ho she as to ‘correct’ runaway children. Yu-jin, the human rights lawyer, is contacted by In-ho for help over Yeon-du’s washroom abuse. So Yu-jin researches the situation also taking Yeon-du to hospital. There Yu-jin horrifyingly discovers that Yeon-du hadn’t been ‘punished’ from Ja-ae for running away, but to keep Yeon-du silent over her sexual abuse from school principal Lee.
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April 18, 2012

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Us and Them - We are all the children Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
“Silenced”, based on a true incident, portrays the film’s abusers as empathy lacking sociopaths donning sheep's clothing of respect, oblivious of mutual human concern. The movie certainly addresses malevolence of child abuse and how money/power can influence those in the legal system to ‘look the other way’ to those of ‘respectful’ standing. But this film isn’t just about venerable men’s sexual desires with vulnerable children, its about empathy lacking controllers of power over vulnerability; the security guard who beats the defenceless prisoner; the abused school bully who abuses ‘weaklings’ for revenge; institutions putting people into chicken pens. In a nutshell, fear control. For sure “Silenced” is a very hard movie to watch and the violence and sexual abuse is very graphic and brutal. But “Silenced” can instil too much negative hatred. Overwrought fear of minority child offenders is separating natural relations with children/adults in society, suggesting that any adult is a potential child predator, which reduces trust and freedom. The young actors perform incredibly well, though, and surly distressing in certain scenes. Gong Yoo performs brilliantly as In-ho, striving to help imprisoned children without losing his head. Having a daughter himself In-ho could easily rage blue murder at all the arrogant sexual abuse, and at one point In-ho does whack Min-su’s abuser teacher over the head with a flower vase. But In-ho is a placid and emotionally shocked man by the lack of child defensiveness. He also senses that anger and revenge doesn’t pay; he can only shed tears. The abuser roles, too, are extremely demanding parts.

Yu-mi’s also good as the sassy, wreckless Yu-jin, a woman committed to rightful justice with her ditzy temperament humbled after she witness helpless children bullied into submission. There are endearing moments though, like when In-ho draws a pretty picture of Yu-ri in class. The town of Mujin could parallel Silent Hill (presently gaming Downpour strangely enough). Both are foggy coastal towns, have characters who are ‘prisoners’ in their world, have nasty ‘monsters’ roaming about, have orphanages and are both central to child abuse. Although the abusers aren’t being ‘absolved’ by Mujin’s SH type power of absolution. In “Silenced” children are the prisoners in an institution where school desks are laid out like squares on a chessboard, and the deafness of authority and power over suppressed human empathy that’s the Big Issue.
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April 12, 2012

This customer review refers to Silenced (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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child molesters and abusers Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a very good film even though its very sick. So called honorable, respected, and believers of Christ taking advantage of their reputation to molest children is just disgusting. You hear about these days every so often from the news, but to watch it on film brings it to another level. This film got me all fired up.
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