Synopsis: The life and death of Dongju Yoon who dared to dream becoming a poet during the harsh period of Japan's occupation of Korea.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Joon-ik Lee
  14 wins & 9 nominations.
110 min

This film has been reconstituted based on a true story of poet

YUN Dong Ju. Some of scenes may differ from historical facts.


A LUZY SONIDOS production

Directed by LEE Joon Ik

KANG Ha Neul PARK Jung Min


Born in Myungdong Village, Jilin Province.

Is that correct?


Literature student at Doshisha University.

Hiranuma Doju.

The accused was educated in Korean

nationalism. Since he was a child,

he has read ideological literature avidly.

Had Korean national

consciousness in his heart

and organized gatherings of

Korean students in Kyoto

with Song Mong Gyu.

Were you also involved in his

independence movement activities?


I don't understand.

Plotting an armed uprising

using the draft...

was that your idea?

Or was it Song's?

An idea like that alone can

be treason in times of war.

I don't understand what

you're talking about.

It's treason, but you only get 2 years?

How long have you known Mong Gyu?

Answer me.

Our village has been less oppressed

by Japan because of its faith.

If we change the mission

school to a people's school...

who can we look to for protection?

The Communist Party?

We can't give our school

to the Communist Party just

like that, don't you think?

What's wrong with communism?

What's wrong is the Japs are trying

to interfere with churches, too.

Brother-in-law, are you saying we

should just change the school?

The church can't protect us now!

The Japs are not even afraid of America.

Hey, Dong Ju.

Is faith so important?

People of the world need to live

without class or discrimination.

You sound like a Communist.

What's equality anyway?

Isn't it to annihilate

everything that's ours?

Father and I...

Maybe we can't fully

rely on faith like that.

They want to take our school

to annihilate our spirit.

It was thanks to faith-based education

that our village has held out so far.

Then you just keep holding out.

Whom have we relied on so far?

To abandon faith-based

education is to abandon faith!


Whose land is this you're standing on?

Why is it we are living in Gando?

Because back in our country,

the Japanese are in power!

And we couldn't stand seeing that.

After the Battle of Qingshanli

And the independence army left,

how many people have died?

At the guns and knives of

the Japanese soldiers...

and the pickaxes of the Chinese landowners?

How long?

How long must we be persecuted?

What on earth is he...

If you want faith, it's

enough to worship at church.

Mong Gyu!

But for the school, I

think we should follow

the global trend that

unites everyone equally.

Why the sudden speech in front of everyone?

You know the world is changing!

The world may change but faith doesn't.

You fool.

Hey, Dong Ju!

I have something to show you.


- Ask me politely.

- What is it?

Say please.

Come on!

Such a stubborn bastard!

Here it is.

A poetry book by Master Jeong Ji Yong!

Where did you get it?

Asked the Myungdong School

teacher to get it for me.

I know you worship the poet.

I really wanted to have this!

Are you that happy? You little prick...

Mong Gyu!

Where are you?

You scared me.

The whole village is talking about you.

They must be.

I provoked them with the speech.

It's not that.

You won the spring literary contest!

You bastard!

- Are you kidding me?

- I mean it!

Is it true?

- You're not lying?

- No!

How could this happen?

Dong Ju! Can you believe it?

I didn't know he was writing.

I've seen him reading a lot,

but never saw him writing.

Take this soup to grandpa.

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