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Based on a true story during the Jeju Uprising in 1948.
Villagers hear that soldiers have landed on their island looking for communists. The local residents not sure what to do, head for the mountains. Kyung-Joon (Lee Kyung-Joon) knows of a cave where the residents can hide. Some leave behind family members, others leave behind their livestock. Meanwhile, the soldiers are ordered to shoot to kill. A young 20-year-old soldier from Incheon finds himself punished daily for failing to do so. The soldiers get closer to the residents' hideout.
- Movie title "Jiseul" is a word specific to the Jeju Island which means "potato".
- Soldiers speak traditional "Seoul" dialect, which is considered standard Korean, while the local Jeju residents speak "Jeju" dialect. The actors performing as the local Jeju residents are mostly non-professional actors from Jeju and know director O Muel personally.
- On April 12, 2013, movie "Jiseul" surpassed 100,000 admissions in South Korea. Jiseul was first released on March 1, 2013 in Jeju Island, where the movie was filmed and then nationwide on March 21, 2013. "Jiseul" is the first Korean indie film to surpass 100,000 admissions since 2009 film "Breathless".
- On April 23, 2013, movie "Jiseul" became the best selling fictional Korean independent film ever, having sold 123,253 tickets. The movie passed 2009 film "Breathless," which sold 123,046 tickets. If you include Korean documentaries, then 2009 film "Old Partner" is still the top selling independent film, having sold 2.95 million tickets.
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