DO YOU watch movies often? People often get absorbed in the story and sympathize with the characters in a film. This is possible because films can impress people by reflecting our lives from different perspectives. Among the different kinds of movies you have seen, which one caught your mind?
Roh Kyeong-min (Fresh., University College, Architectural & Urban Planning Engin.)
Silmido is a film about a special attack unit composed of prisoners, stigmatized as stragglers of society. Seeing them treated in an inhumane way, I asked myself what had allowed their exploitation and tragic deaths. However, if I were in the position of the military officers with the duty to kill the prisoners, I might have done the same thing. This movie gave me a chance to think about social minorities and their human rights.
Lim Seon-min (Sr., Dept. of Math.)
Castaway on the Moon tells a story of two people surnamed Kim. One of them is a hikikomori (a person who has withdrawn from society) and the other one habitually fails to pay his debts. Both are considered social failures. However, they somehow represent ordinary people. While, like Ms. Kim, who lives in the "cybersea," we want recognition from others, we also sometimes fear the attention that others give to us. But through having openhearted relationships with others, we will be able to find "hope" in the end.
Kim Hyung-ho (Soph., Dept. of History)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley revolves around two brothers who take different paths during the Irish independence movement because of their different political creeds. The movie's historical background reminded me of the current divided state of the Korean peninsula. Many university students are negligent about Korea's reunification, but this movie will allow them to have a better understanding of the pain of a divided nation and ethnic strife around the world.
Lee Eun-kyung (Soph., Dept. of Econ.)
The most impressive movie for me was Thirst, which is titled The Bat in Korean. People have their own individual desires, but what if these personal desires go against morals? Can a priest's attempt to kill someone be permitted if it is based on pure love? I believe that it is necessary to "have desires" if we are to reach our goals in life, but these desires should be in harmony with society.
(Jr., Dept. of Psychology)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch was impressive in the sense that it was both interesting and gave me a chance to look back on myself. This film uses songs to illustrate a transgendered person's life. It made me reconsider my own prejudiced attitudes towards sexual minorities, indeed providing me with a precious opportunity to think about my alter ego and inquire into the meaning of "being different."
(Sr., Dept. of Law)
Scent of a Woman is a story of a blind retired army officer, Frank (Al Pacino), who goes on a trip during the "sunset" of his life. The film's lines were full of philosophical meaning and the protagonist was a very poetic character. In my favorite scene, Frank says the following memorable lines: "If you make a mistake, if you get all tangled up, you just tango on." It implies that like when dancing, you should not be afraid of your mistakes because they are also part of your life.