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Hanbando (film)

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Hanbando

Hanbando movie poster

Hangul 한반도

Hanja 韓半島

Revised Romanization Hanbando

McCune–Reischauer Hanpanto

Directed by Kang Woo-suk

Written by Kim Hie-jae


Lee Hyo-cheol

Starring Ahn Sung-ki


Cha In-pyo
Cho Jae-hyun
Moon Sung-keun
Kang Shin-il

Distributed by Cinema Service

Release date  July 13, 2006

Running time 147 minutes

Country South Korea

Language Korean

Hanbando (Hangul: 한반도, Hanja:韓半島; lit. Korean peninsula) is a 2006 South Korean
blockbuster film.

Contents
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 1Plot
 2Reception
 3References
 4Further reading
 5External links

Plot[edit]
The North and South Korean governments are on the verge of reopening the Kyungui Railroad,
which connects the two Koreas, as a further step toward reunification. Japan refuses to accept
the decision, claiming rights to the railway lines based on official documents imprinted with the
imperial seal of Emperor Gojong of Joseon a century ago. Yet an age old conspiracy is
uncovered where the imperial seal with which Emperor Gojong signed the documents is
suspected to be fake. It is a race against time and hidden agendas as the South Korean
president (Ahn Sung-ki) employs the outspoken historian Choi Min-jae (Cho Jae-hyun) and the
descendant of the Joseon royal bloodline Kim Yu-shik (Kang Shin-il) to find the authentic seal
and prevent the history of Japanese occupation from repeating itself. In the meantime, Japanese
economic sanctions divide the South Korean government, and its armed forces appear on the
border of South Korea threatening its sovereignty. Eventually, the authentic royal seal is found
and Japan apologizes for its occupation.

Reception[edit]
The JoongAng Ilbo gave the film a largely negative review, calling its plot far-fetched, the acting
overdone, and criticizing its heavy-handed nationalism. The review commented positively on the
accuracy of scenes in which the South Korean prime minister deals with businessmen, and on
the "beautifully choreographed" though bloody depictions of historical events at the end of
the Joseon Dynasty. According to the review, the conclusion of the film, in which Japan
apologizes for its occupation of Korea, provides viewers with catharsis in a country in which anti-
Japanese sentiment is still strong.[1]
References[edit]
1. Jump up^ Ser, Myo-ja (October 17, 2006). "Overacted and simplistic nationalism". JoongAng
Ilbo. Retrieved 2008-03-07.

Further reading[edit]
 Lee, Yong-sung (June 29, 2006). "'Hanbando' makes viewers feel uneasy". Korea Herald.
Archived from the original on 2006-06-29. Retrieved 2008-03-07.

External links[edit]
 Hanbando on IMDb
 Review at koreanfilm.org

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 2006 films
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 Anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea
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