Forbidden Quest

Synopsis: 1941: in Ireland, a film maker hears of an aged ship's carpenter who knows the fate of the Hollandia, a Norse ship that set sail in 1905 and vanished. The old salt has canisters of film to prove his tale. We see the footage as he narrates. They sail south in June, 1905, with scores of Siberian huskies aboard, meeting no living soul, the crew ignorant of the trip's purpose, until they reach Antarctica. A mysterious Italian paces the deck; a polar bear appears, and the Italian, possessed, hunts it down. That night, the boatswain explains to the crew how an Arctic bear could be at the South Pole and why the Hollandia has come. Visitors arrive, and the Gothic tale plays out.
Genre: Adventure
Director(s): Peter Delpeut
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
75 min

IM Pictures presents

a Bidangil Pictures production

in association with

CJ Entertainment

HAN Suk-gyu

LEE Beum-soo

KIM Min-jung

executive producer/ CHOI Wan

associate producer/ KIM Min-ki

produced by/ KIM Soo-jin

YOON In-beum

written and directed by/ KIM Dae-woo

What brings you here?

I came to buy some chinaware.

Can't you see that we're closed?


Well, do you have a bowl

with a brass bottom?

Who'd have something like that?

Then how about a bowl

with a brass top instead?

I have no clue

what you're talking about.

But come inside and look around.


Is he still alive?

Yes, he's barely breathing.

Hurry, and bring him inside.


Have you nothing to say?

I beg your pardon?

Terrible, so terrible.

How could they do this to him?

We need to get something

on the Lim family and appeal.

And when do you plan

to use that tongue of yours?

Afraid the Deputy Prime Minister

is too powerful even for the King?

Well, you see...

Do you not understand

what your elder is saying to you?

Are you afraid of Lim?

But no matter

how furious this makes us,

how can we submit a false appeal?

But that's exactly what they did!

Even if the other side does evil,

as a scholar I cannot lower myself

to the same level as them.

So what you're saying

is that since you're a scholar,

you will overlook this travesty?

You don't think

I'm in torment as well?

I'm Just as upset as you, father.

I must leave for the Royal Court.

How can you leave when your brother

is in that condition?

You also don't need to scold me.

No, you cannot Just leave!

- What do you think...

- Look here!

Look at this leg...

and you still wish to talk

of your academic duties?

Aren't you even angry?

Our family has been disgraced.

Who gives a damn about integrity

and academic duty?

Do you not want vengeance?

Know what people

are whispering behind your back?

They're saying

that you're a selfish coward!

Inspections officer, Kim Yoon-suh,

is here your Majesty.

Good, good.

Have you heard about the case

on your way here?

Yes, I have your Majesty.

Despite my limited means,

I will do my best.

Deputy Prime Minister.

What happened to Inspector Kim's

younger brother?

He received the court's unlimited grace

and arrived home today.

If they're brothers,

their personalities must be similar.

Inspector Kim Yoon-seo is different.

He is a man of gentle temperament

who avoids going against the tides.

He looks that way, too.

Anyway, I hope he resolves it,

and puts a smile on my lady's face.

I accepted it because

I couldn't tell the difference.

But the scribble I put on the back

as a child wasn't to be found.

It was switched by someone

while being mounted.

Not only was it dear to my heart,

but our family's honour

is on the line.

Whoever it was,

he knew what he was doing.

Both the paper and artist's seal

has been duplicated perfectly.

It seems you have profound knowledge

in Chinese paintings and writings.

I would profess an interest

but nothing close

to profound knowledge.

I'd love to hear your thoughts

on the subject sometime.

Of course.

We trust you will put your utmost

efforts into this case.

You must catch the culprit.

You must not take this case.

It's fruitless.

Think the scoundrel is waiting

around for you to find him?

But it's the King's order.


Feign illness and dismiss yourself.

Take good care of yourself.

We are about to embark

on a great Journey.

What Journey?

Have you lost your mind?

We must annihilate Lim

and his faction,

and establish a new state!

Never mind this.

We've had enough.

Take it for yourselves.

Yes, sir.

You're spoiling your servants.

Giving them our food...

Have you heard of Lee Gwang-hun?

I heard he's very experienced.

Lee Gwang-hun?

You mean the 'angel of death'

of the Justice Administration?

I need to ask you a favour.

I must say, you've got guts.

Do you even know

which party I'm a part of?

It's the King's order,

sides don't matter.

Are you sure

we're at the marketplace?

There are no stores open.

They only open up briefly

in the early evening.

Once the sun sets,

housemaids fill the streets.

Who knows what they're selling.

So how old are you?

Who, me?

Thirty-six, why do you ask?

You seem to be talking to me

as if you're an elder.

How old are you?



I'm your elder then.

Look, look. Is that him?

- Please let me go!

- Where do you think you're going?

Oh, right.

Inspector Kim.

Check inside.

Oh, right.

Why do you think we're here?

How should I know?

Why, you little...

Ouch, ouch.

Where's the mounter?

Mounter? Mounter? Who's that?

If I find even one piece

of stolen goods here,

I will break every bone in your body.

Stolen goods?

What stolen goods?

You're really asking for it.

You dare snatch it?

Then what should I use to hit you?

Okay, then how about this one?

Alright, Let's do it.

Mister Lee...

Over here.

He's getting away.

What are you doing here?

Transcribing a book.

What book is that?

It's a book of indecency.

Then you're committing a crime.

It's definitely not a right thing.

There was a racket outside,

so weren't you scared?

Of course I was.

But there are many waiting

for this book.

You're very skilled at calligraphy.

My lowly stature

limits the potential of my talent.

But your talent is undeniable.

Shall I leave?


Please go on.

Why are you going around

hitting people?

This village

is getting a little too scary.

How dare you.

Hwang, you know this man?

This gentleman is...

He's with the Justice Administration.

He's here to buy some chinaware.

Come on by later.

If he came for chinaware,

he must be the housewife.

Why that...

Whether I'm a housewife or not

is my business.

You're interfering with my duties.

- So get out of here.

- Get out of here?

- What if I say no?

- Come on man,

he asked you to leave.

Oh yeah?

By any chance, is that a rod

made out of a bull's cock?

You've got a good eye.

You must've gotten a taste of it.


It looks longer than ours.

You've hit others with this

but have never been hit, huh?

Hey you,

do you know who I am?

How is it?

Got a good taste of it?

What happened?

Sorry I passed out.

I caused more trouble for you.

You can barely pluck a chicken,

so don't try that again.

- About today...

- Maybe you should get on your way.

I've got a lot to do.

Did you paint these here?

Yes, it's a hobby of mine.

Why do you ask?

Such strength in the strokes...

It's really nothing.

I've got to see to those vagrants.

Let me see you out.

Sir, to be honest,

I don't want to protect

that mounter either.

It's Just that a friend of mine

is involved.

His only crime is that

he can copy any drawings.

He's innocent sir.

I will do all I can

to protect his identity.

Could you trust me on this?

Your loyalty to him...

would only bring you your death.

Go here

and see if you find something.

Would you like to read

a few verses?

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Peter Delpeut

Peter Delpeut (born 12 July 1956, Vianen) is a Dutch filmmaker and writer. Several of his films have heavily used found footage. He has won several literary awards for his writing. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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