Archive of films Unforgiven / Yongseo batji mothanja

South Korea
2005, 122 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2006

The story of two childhood friends whose relationship and future friendship is fundamentally affected by compulsory military service in the Korean army. The film was hailed as best independent film of the year in its home environment.


Sergeant Tae-jung is coming to the end of his two-year compulsory military service. He is now accustomed to the strict hierarchy in the Korean army and, as a superior, he has even learned to take advantage of it himself. When he leaves the army, like everyone else, he will try to forget most of this wasted time, or he will look back on it once the scars on his soul have healed. Shortly before his time is up, a rookie is assigned to his unit, Seung-joung, an old friend from his school days. While, for Tae-jung, the army is now a “tolerable hell”, Seung-joung cannot come to terms with its permanent abuse of power, its degradation and psychological aggression. Their different attitudes affect their future friendship. Tae-jung takes the new recruit under his wing but, the moment he returns to civilian life, Seung-joung finds himself alone.

About the director

Yoon Jong-bin

Yoon Jong-bin (b. 1979, Pusan) studied at the film faculty of Chung-Ang University. His short feature Identification of a Man (2004) was awarded Best Comedy that same year at the 3rd Mise-en-scene Short Film Festival. The Unforgiven (2005) is his feature debut as a writer-director; the film won three awards that year at the 10th Pusan IFF: the FIPRESCI prize for Best Asian Film, the NETPAC Award for Best Korean Film and the Audience Prize. Yoon Jong-bin based his debut on his own experiences, as a critical reflection of 26 months of compulsory military service, which had dehumanising effects for Korean society.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Yoon Jong-bin
Screenplay: Yoon Jong-bin
Dir. of Photography: Kim Byung-chul
Editor: Kim Woo-il
Producer: Lee Dong-joon, Lee Young-ki
Production: A & D Pictures
Cast: Ha Jung-woo, Suh Jang-won, Yoon Jong-bin, Lim Hyun-sung
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