26 years earlier state troops were ordered to open fire on civilians in the city of Gwangju, who were demonstrating as apart of a democratic movement. Thousands of civilians were killed.
Now, a shooter from the national team, a gang member, policeman, CEO from a large company and director of a private security outfit get involved in a plan to convict the person responsible for the massacre that occurred during the GwangjuDemocratization Movement.
Kwak Jin-Bae (Jin Goo) is a gang member who lost his father in the Gwangju Democratization Movement. He wants to get revenge. Shim Mi-Jin (Han Hye-Jin) is a shooter from the national team. She is the shooter for the covert team. Policeman Kwon Jung-Kyuk (Im Seul-Ong) lost his family in the Gwangju Democratization Movement. He is now responsible for the cars that have access to the ex-president's house.
Cast & Credits
Also remarkable, but unsurprising, is the opposition this film received that almost kept it from being filmed. From wiki: In 2008, the film was originally set to be directed by Lee Hae-young based on his own adapted screenplay titled 29 Years, with Ryoo Seung-bum, Kim Ah-joong, Jin Goo, Chun Ho-jin, and Byun Hee-bong cast in the lead roles. But the production came to a halt once investors pulled out from funding the film ten days before filming began because of its controversial politically sensitive content, and rumors were rife that the pressure had originated from the conservative government.
After nearly four years of languishing in pre-production limbo due to financial difficulties, online donations poured in from 15,000 individuals amounting to ?700 million (US$646,000), with singer Lee Seung-hwan contributing another ?1 billion won (US$923,000), toward the film's ?4.6 billion (US$4,246,000) production cost. Another investor was television personality Kim Je-dong. The crowdfunding enabled the production to finally begin filming Lee's script with a new cast and director on July 19, 2012. Filming wrapped on October 10, 2012. The film's ending credits roll for more than 10 minutes, as they include all 15,000 donors' names.
The story is partly fictional, but we all (even me as an European) know what happened on May 18th. They portray the story in a unique way to start the movie and I appreciate it!!
The acting is superb. I cried, got angry and felt so sad. The actors really moved me, I felt their pain and I could onderstand their actions. Their emotions and actions were so raw. As if the actors really did take part in that day.
This movie has action, suspense, drama and you are going to sit on the edge of your seat. It will leave you with many thoughts and emotions.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know (a little bit) of the history of may 18 (watch the movie May 18 for more information I also highly recommend this movie). I acctualy think everyone should watch this because it isn't a waste of time and the acting in this movie is so incredible and marvelous!