Korea has a long tradition of Anarchism. Many of the resistance heroes beloved today as National Heroes and Founding Fathers were in fact Anarchist activists striving not only to resist Japanese Imperialism but to abolish governments and overthrow the rich. (Korean Anarchists even helped establish a vast Free State in Manchuria called Shimin and held off the Soviet and Japanese armies.)
Today the continuing influence of Anarchism can be seen in South Korea's massive, militant anti-authoritarian strikes and the repeated uprisings that have shaken the nation for decades.
Thus Anarchism holds an interesting and unusual cultural position within Modern Korea. This film is an artifact of that. Also, even though it's weak on theory, it's still pretty bad-ass.
Set in Shanghai, circa 1924, the movie is about a covert cell of anarchists who attempt to overthrow the Japanese government's occupation of Korea through propaganda of the deed. Told from the perspective of the youngest member, Sang-Gu, years after the fact, the story is a sympathetic look at a group of revolutionaries through the eyes of one of their own.
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