The Road Taken

Synopsis: The movie is based upon the true story of Kim Seon-myung, a communist who steadfastly refuses to recant his beliefs and becomes the world's longest-serving political prisoner of conscience ...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ki-Seon Hong
  1 win & 1 nomination.
108 min

Produced by Young Film

co-produced by ShinCine

production sponsors

B+Pictures, noonfilm, KOFIC

I don't agree with your ideals

But if someone deters you

because of your ideals

I will stand by you regardless

- Voltaire -

executive producers

Park Kun-sub, Hong Ki-sun


Kim Shin-hee, Jung Sung-hoon


Lee Maeng-yoo

director of photography

Oh Jeong-ok

lighting director

Lee Min-boo


Lee Eun-soo

music by

Choi Yoon-sang

location sound

Noh Chun-kil

sound supervisor

Yang Dae-ho

I had a dream once

I'm not sure if

I can fulfill that dream

and it doesn't matter

Even if it doesn't come true

I'll keep dreaming that dream

If there's destiny in life

and I could avoid it

I might wish to do so


By joining the rebel army

and breaking the

National Security Law

On Aug. 15, 1952

we sentence Kim Sun-myung

to 15 years in prison

directed by

Hong Ki-seon

For spying for the North

and breaking the

National Security Law

on July 25, 1953

we sentence

Kim Sun-myung to death


February 27, 1954

After a retrial of the

accused Kim Sun-myung

we finally sentence him

to life imprisonment

From Seoul Prison

to Mapo Penitentiary

to Daegu, Daejeon, Mokpo

and back to Daejeon

I was transferred

to many different prisons

and I met many comrades

while trapped inside my cell

I was an ignorant laborer before

But one day I began to recite

Pushkin's "Song of Siberia"

and became a veteran inmate

And then in 1970


I faced a big test to my fate

as if it was waiting for me

And with people I'll never forget

Move it!

Hurry and go into your cells!

Comrade Ahn!

Comrade Kim!


Nice to see you again

Hello, it's a pleasure

to meet you

Comrade Kim

/'m Kim Sun-myung from Mokpo

Choi In-gyu from Gwangju

How was Mokpo Prison?


Gave me toasted rice

I envy you!

You're lucky

I haven't had toasted rice

for 18 years

What's the matter?

I was thinking of my mother

Time to eat!

Let's eat

I'm freezing, hurry up

I'm going in

Oh, it's cold

It looks like the needlework

of Master Lee Young-woon

Is Master Lee here?

He gave me one, too

Is he healthy?

What cell is he in?

I haven't seen him

since we left Daegu Prison

Guwol Mountain

Guwol Mountain

The home of partisans

the home of partisans

For my country

for my country

Raise it up high

Oh, it's cold

My nickname is Jindo Dog

And I'm still single

I'll get married after

the North and South marries

Now Jindo Dog will sing

the 'Arirang' song for you

Cell 15!

Quiet down!

to another cell

- Comrade Ahn

- Comrade Park

- Comrade Nam

- Comrade Park

- Comrade Kim

- Comrade Park

My nickname is Lark

I'd like more rice

from you for two days

They've starved me

for a few days, you see

This is good medicine

for back aches


Take it

Try it

I'm sorry

Hunger is one thing

I can't hold back


And erase

Let me try it

This is amazing

Comrade Kim

we should be careful with this

Comrade Kim

you're talented

'Black bean noodles'

All you think about is food


Reminds me of home


What's that?

Who made this?

- Do you all want to die?

- I made it

You again?

What's this for?

Tell me or come out!

- You see...

- What do you want?


You see

it's for drawing

What? Drawing?

For drawing, I see

Wait, what's after

this 'Re... '?

It's reunification




- Nixon made a statement

- About what?

- I heard they'll let us play sports

- It's not true

President Park

declared a state of emergency

A Korean Japanese student

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