Archive of films Our Twisted Hero / Woorideul-ui Ilgreojin Young-woong

South Korea
1992, 119 min

Section: New Korean Cinema
Year: 2001


This story of dreams, disappointments, disagreements and friendship experienced by a group of boys in the same class takes place early in the sixties, at a time when Korea had yet to experience its economic miracle. The film’s narrator is Professor Han Byung Tae who reminisces about events he lived through thirty years before. At that time his whole family was moved from the prestigious capital to the rather godforsaken countryside. Byung Tae starts primary school there and soon comes up against the local class bigwig, Um Suk Dae. The conflict between the two boys is heated but neither wants to back down – and indeed, few adults are able to treat their enemies as bitterly and cruelly as children treat each other. But their new teacher steps in between Byung Tae and Um Suk Dae. He has no intention of letting slip by such a choice opportunity for inculcating ideals of equality, justice, truth and democracy into the kids. And as is usual in such cases, the young teacher employs his own fresh methods. . . .

About the director

Park Chong Won (b. 1960, Seoul) majored in film at Hanyang University and the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA). He debuted in 1989 with Serenade of Laborers (Kuro Arirang). Our Twisted Hero (1992) is his second feature.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: New Korean Cinema
Director: Park Chong Won
Screenplay: Chang Hyun Soo, Rho Hyo Chung
Dir. of Photography: Chung Kwang Seok
Music: Song Byund June
Editor: Lee Kyung Ja
Producer: Do Dong Hwan
Production: Dae Dong Heung Up Co., Ltd.
Cast: Hong Kyung In, Ko Jung Il, Choe Min Sik, Lee Jin Sun

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