May 18

May 18 (2007)

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Having lost his parents at a young age, Min Woo takes care of his younger brother Jin Woo much like a father would. He harbors a secret crush on Shin Ae, a nurse he meets at a church gathering, and persuades her to go on a date with him to the movies. But not long after the film begins, they hear the sound of sirens and are rushed out of the theater. read moreOutside they find chaos in the streets, Tear gas dances wildly and soldiers mobilized for crowd control have taken to violent beatings. Bewildered and enraged, the citizens form a militia, determined to protect the ones they love - and Min Woo finds himself in the middle of it all.~~ This Movie is based on the 1980 Gwangju uprising.

  • Native title:

    화려한 휴가
  • Also Known as:

    Hwaryohan Hyooga;

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Aug 27, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This is an amazing movie.
The acting is superb. I believed everyone, and how they reacted to the situations where so real. Sometimes in movie you'll think 'Hell no, nobody would respond like that'. Well in this movie they will show you how you really would respond in such situation.
You are going to feel with the characters. You will sometimes smile (tiny funny parts in the movie, but they are really read more acceptable) and in others you will hold in your breath.

The story is sad, really, really sad because this is a movie based on a real event. And when you didn't know about this (me from the EU) you'll get interested in the movie and will do some investigations, at least I did.
But in the movie, I'd loved some more background information, maybe that would have made the movie better.

Anyway this is a really good movie, you won't regret watching this!
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Apr 15, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
I'm still crying as I watch the credits that show a blend of stills from the movies as well as actual pictures from the event itself. This movie definitely is not for everyone because it is depicting, to me, one of South Korea's dark moments. As I watched this, I felt the emotions that I felt seeing clips and reading articles about the Civil Rights movement in the USA. The depiction of read more dogs and tear gas was one thing; but for innocent, unarmed people to be literally mowed down with machine guns, it is unheard of!

As you can see, this is a movie about the Gwangju massacre that took place between May 15-27, 1980. The reason behind the killings is senseless to me! I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that someone in the military gave the order and I hope they enjoy their stay in HELL!!!

Excellent movie for those interested in historical events! Not for kids! And I don't think you will want to see this again.
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    Fatima Nov 21, 2016

    I felt every moment in this movie seeing my home Syria in front of me.. it is hurtful

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    anyone know where I can download this movie? I looked on but surprisingly they don't have it :/

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      Narco Apr 7, 2016
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      DreamingKoreanBallad Apr 12, 2016

      Thanks - I can't download torrents - but I managed to find it elsewhere and just finished watching it :)

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    Memoji Jan 28, 2015 - edited

    My Birthday may .18 ^0^

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    WhiteCloud May 23, 2014 - edited
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    HealingFishy_ Dec 16, 2013

    I just finished the movie and i can't stop crying!! this is a must-watch movie!

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    Liliino Sep 21, 2013

    This movie is so sad... I really liked all te actors, it was definitely worth watching this movie!

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    KateBison Aug 26, 2013 - edited

    can´t believe it that this story is true! these are not humans, these are monsters! we must thank god that we are living in 2013. And no, I´m not a christian. 1980 these people went to hell. I still cry ma whole heart out. can´t believe it....

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      Tsuyu May 28, 2016

      I agree, it took a moment for it to register that this event really happened. But... things like this have happened throughout history and is happening now.

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    NanaKikujiro Aug 3, 2013

    A great film about one of the many tragic stories in Korea.

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    romnin18 Apr 11, 2013
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    Mirichan Jan 13, 2013 - edited

    Is it a good watch?
    Not sure weather to watch this .____.

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      ParkChohwa Mar 28, 2015

      take some tranquilizers first. Perfect but heartbreaking

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    myymyin Dec 26, 2012

    I can't watch this movie. Can somebody tell me where can I watch it?

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    Dreamkoi Oct 28, 2012

    MY BIRTHDAY . wo. May 18.

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    Chuugoku9023 Sep 14, 2012

    Dammit, this movie.....


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jul 25, 2007
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 58 min.


  • Score:

    8.1 (scored by 449 users)
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