Movie: Escape from Mogadishu (모가디슈) Release Date: July 28, 2021 Runtime: 121 min. Distributor: Lotte Cultureworks
Main Cast: Kim Yun Seok – Han Shin Sung Jo In Sung – Kang Dae Jin Heo Jun Ho – Rim Yong Soo Koo Gyo Hwan – Tae Joon Ki Jeong Man Sik – Gong Soo Cheol Kim So Jin – Kim Myung Hee Kim Jae Hwa – Jo Soo Jin Park Kyung Hye – Park Ji Eun
Review: This movie is based on a true story when South and North Korea were fighting about UN membership. War broke out in Somalia and the two had to set aside their differences to escape from the war zone.
Loved the very slick Hollywood feel of this movie. The final car chase scene was nailbiting, even though I knew they were going to make it, I was sweating bullets watching the cars try to get past the Somalian police and rebels to get to the embassy.
What I felt this movie lacked was a resolution. For someone who didnt know the history, I wanted to know what happened after. Did SK get their UN membership or not? I think they forgot the plot in the end.
Profile Movie: 1987: When The Day Comes Release Date: December 27, 2017 Runtime: 129 min. Distributor: CJ Entertainment Country: South Korea
Main Cast Kim Yun Seok – Park Cheo Won Ha Jung Woo – Prosecutor Choi Park Hee Seon – Jo Han Kyung Lee Hee Joon – Yoon Sang Sam Kim Tae Ri – Yeon Hee Kang Dong Won – Lee Han Yeol Yoo Hae Jin – Han Byeong Yong
Review: This movie is based on actual events called June Democratic Uprising in Korea which happened in 1987.
It all started when a college student was tortured and killed by anti-communist group and they tried to conceal his death.
I love how the director was able to tell the story through different people, starting from the prosecutor who demanded autopsy, to jail guard who passed on info to the opposition, the reporter who tried to reveal the truth to the public, and to the students who bravely rallied against the government.
Not for the faint hearted. It’s moving, horrifying and inspiring. The extra romance between the two college students slightly felt out of place but the end made up for it.