South Korean Films: How Do They Portray North Koreans? Part 2

South Korean Films: How Do They Portray North Koreans? Part 2

Poongsan

This film featuring a silent Yoon Kye Sang is ruthless in its portrayal of both North and South Koreans. Yoon Kye Sang’s character delivers letters between North and South Korea. He is given a mission to bring back a North Korean woman for a North Korean politician that has defected. However, he begins to develop feelings for the North Korean woman.

The South Korean agents that use Yoon Kye Sang’s character and the North Korean spies set out to assassinate the North Korean politician are shown as opportunistic. They are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their mission.

Verdict: This film doesn’t really portray North Koreans as being any different from South Koreans. Both can be corrupt, greedy, and inhumane. I guess in a sense, it also depicts a truth about people, that we are all the same in the end.

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