Dooman River

Synopsis: Chang-ho, 12, becomes friend with a North-Korean immigrant about the same age who just crossed the Dooman river, border between North-Korea and China. His mute sister and his wise grand-father will get along with him in a series of misfortunes.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lu Zhang
Production: The Global Film Initiative
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
90 min


Three people was found dead being

frozen on a bank of the Dooman River

The Dooman river is dangerous

you shoudn't play around there

I understand

- Chol-bu, where are you going?

- I'm going to play with my friends

- Don't come back too late!

- Ok.

- Who's that girl?

- She's my uncle's daughter.

- Where does she come from?

- She's from Domoon

Both of her parents passed away.


They worked in South Korea

were trapped in a fire

My mother was sick and didn't

go to work that day.

Turn it off

If you're here to die, I can do it.

Gwang-chun, step back!

- What's your name?

- Jeong-jin. And you?


we didn't eat for a day.

Do you have some food?

Dummass, you're so stupid

why should we give you some food?

They look pathetic, let's help

Asshole, which side do you belong to?

Wait a second, I'll go and

get something to eat

Let's go.

- On one condition.

- What condition?

Tomorrow we'll play soccer together


Thank you.

You can escape that way.

Thank you.

- Uncle?

- How are you


He doesn't breath

- He's dead

- let's go

Grandmother, where are you going?

I'm trying to cross the river

what for?

When I was a young girl, I crossed it from

the other side. Now I want to go back.

North-Koreans are starving to death,

why would you go back?

How can you say that? There is plenty

of food over there I know better.

No here



- the others?

- Gone

- you?

- We promise

He plays quite well

where are others?

They all went to Inner China to spend

winter there

- what's your plan?

- As long as I don't starve, it's fine with me.

I want you to join us when we play

a soccer game


We soon have to play

the other village team.

For last two years, we've been defeated

what are you doing today?

I have to bring back some food to my sister

You're sure you have to go back?

She's becoming swollen, she's sick



- You're Chang-ho, right?

- So what?

I've been told you were cute.

I'm not sure I agree.

What does that suppose to mean?

- By the way, who's he?

- Why would you care?

He's from North Korea, right?

I heard you're a stamp collector too.

Come and visit me when you have time.

Chang-ho, the girls in this village

aren't shy at all.

She likes you, right?


- here is my friend Jeong-Jin

- Hello

Hello, Mayor speaking.

I have an anouncement to make.

Lee Jae-hee passed away last night.

He had lived alone

The memorial service for him will be

held in the community center

Let's cherish his memory.

We shouldn't leave him alone

Please come and attend

It's a kindly request.

You have a lot of stamps.

They are my father's collection

This is South-Korean

This is Japanese

But this North-Korean one is greater

South-Korean ones are too small

Could you bring back

a North Korean one to me?

I've never seen my country's stamp before

In my country, stamps are rationed.

I didn't get any for three years

- This is my sister

- Hello.

Who's he?

He's not from here, right?

Where is he from?

Hello? Mom?

Yes, we're fine.

It's winter vacation.

Only sister and I are at home

Mother is asking if you're ok?

Mom, she's said don't worry about us and

take care of yourself


Where is she gone?

She's been working in South Korea.

Living in South Korea,

she must have seen Americans, right?

Well, probably

where is your father?

He passed away.

No. He is live.

When she was a young girl,

there was a flood.

My father tried to save her

when she fell in the water.

He was swept away down the river.

She still believes our father is alive

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