The Taebaek Mountains

The Taebaek Mountains


Total votes: 13

Director: Im Kwon Taek

Release Date: Sep 17, 1994

Duration: 2 hr. 48 min.

Year: 1994

Rank: #52508

Country: South Korea

Native Title: 태백산맥

Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

Alternative Titles: Taebaek Sanmaek,

Genre: Drama, War


The film originates from the great river story Taebaegsanmaek consisting of 10 volumes and is written by Cho Jeongrae. The story tries to describe and reveal a few generations-lasting conflicts between the haves (proprietors) and have-nots (peasants), which develop into right wings and left wings respectively. While revealing why and how the conflicts come about, the story depicts every corner of real life—romantic, shamanic, and Confucian aspects of the contemporaries. It providesa further insight into the politically controversial ideological issue on which the viewpoint is virtually hardened among over 40’s in South Korea. This ideological issue survives even in the digital age to have a substantial effect on presidential elections.


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