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- Movie: The Journals of Musan
- Revised romanization: Musanilgi
- Hangul: 무산일기
- Director: Park Jung-Bum
- Writer: Park Jung-Bum
- Producer: Park Jung-Bum
- Cinematographer: Kim Jong-Sun
- World Premiere: October 8, 2010 (Pusan International Film Festival)
- Release Date: April 14, 2011
- Genre: Drama
- Runtime: 127 min.
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©
Seung-Chul is a North Korean defector who lives in a crumbling neighborhood on the outskirts of Seoul. His roommate Kyung-Chul (Jin Yong-Wook) is also a North Korean defector.
Seung-Chul works for a shady boss plastering posters of sex shops throughout the city. He is frequently short changed on his pay. The sole pleasure Seung-Chul seems to have found in Seoul is a woman named Young-Sook (Kang Eun-Jin ). Young-Sook sings in the choir at the same church Seung-Chul attends, but she doesn't even notice he exists and Seung-Chul doesn't have the fortitude to introduce himself. Nevertheless, in his free time, Seung-Chul follows Young-Sook around town and, one evening, he follows her to a karaoke bar where she apparently works at night.
Seung-Chul then applies for a job at the karaoke bar with Young-Sook's father (who owns the karaoke bar). Seung-Chul will make only 30,000 won a day in his part-time job, but he will get closer to Young-Sook. Days later when Young-Sook notices Seung-Chul at church she suddenly feels a sense of awkwardness. Meanwhile, rival poster layers constantly harass and beat-up Seung-Chul. Seung-Chul's roommate Kyung-Chul, who works as broker sending money between South and North Korean families, also finds himself in trouble after double-crossing clients. Finally, Seung-Chul's only friend in South Korea, a stray white puppy, goes missing ...
- "The Journals of Musan" is based on a friend of director Park Jung-Bum. Because Park Jung-Bum knows all the idiosyncrasies of his friend, he decided to cast himself as the male lead.
- When director Park Jung-Bum interviewed police officers in Seoul who helped North Korean defectors, their personalities reminded Park Jung-Bum of his father so Park Jung-Bum cast his father Park Young-Duk in the role of Detective Park.
Additional Cast Members:
- 2010 (15th) Pusan International Film Festival - October 7-15 - New Currents *World Premiere
- 2010 (10th) Marrakech International Film Festival - December 3-11, 2010 - Films in Competition *International Premiere
- 2010 (36th) Seoul Independent Film Festival - December 9-17, 2010 - Invitation Films
- 2011 (40th) International Film Festival Rotterdam - January 26-Feb. 6 - Tiger Awards *European Premiere
- 2011 (13th) Deauville Asian Film Festival - March 9 - 13, 2011 - The Features Competition *French Premiere
- 2011 (35th) Hong Kong International Film Festival - March 20 - April 5, 2011 - Indie Power
- 2011 (4th) Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema - April 8-17, 2011 - International Dramatic Competition 'Making Way'
- 2011 (10th) Tribeca Film Festival - April 20-May 1, 2011 - Viewpoints *North American Premiere
- 2011 (54th) San Francisco International Film Festival - April 21-May 5, 2011 - New Directors
- 2011 (47th) Pesaro Film Festival - June 19-27, 2011 - Pesaro New Cinema Competition
- 2011 (2nd) Korean Film Festival in Australia - August 24-29, 2011
- 2011 (24th) Singapore International Film Festival - September 15-25, 2011 - C'est La Vie
- 2011 (31st) Hawaii International Film Festival - October 13-23, 2011 - Film for Thought
- 2011 (15th) Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival - November 8-19, 2010 *Canadian Premiere
- 2011 (12th) TOKYO FILMeX - November 19- 27, 2011 - TOKYO FILMeX Competition
- 2010 (15th) Pusan International Film Festival - October 7-15, 2010
- New Current Award
- FIPRESCI Award
- 2010 (10th) International Film Festival of Marrakech - December 3-11, 2010
- The Golden Star Award (Grand Prize)
- 2011 (40th) International Film Festival Rotterdam - January 26-Feb. 6, 2011
- 2011 (13th) Deauville Asian Film Festival - March 9 - 13, 2011
- Lotus Du Jury – Prix du Jury ex-aequo / Jury Prize ex-aequo
- 2011 (4th) Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema - April 8-17, 2011
- Making Way (International Dramatic Competition)
- 2011 (10th) Tribeca Film Festival - April 20-May 1, 2011
- Best New Narrative Director
- 2011 (54th) San Francisco International Film Festival - April 21-May 5, 2011
- 2011 (47th) Pesaro Film Festival - June 19-27, 2011
- Grand Prize
- Young Critics Award
- 2011 (31th) Critics Choice Awards - October 30, 2011
- 2011 (15th) Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival - November 8-19, 2010
- National Bank Best First Feature Film Award
- 2011 (12th) TOKYO FILMeX - November 19- 27, 2011
- Special Jury Prize - Kodak Vision Award
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