Silenced/도가니 (Trailer)

October 28, 2011

Dogani (도가니) is a recently released film that became a big success at the domestic Korean box-office. The title translates as “The Crucible” in English and, although that appeared as the English title initially, it has subsequently been changed to Silenced for international markets, undoubtedly to avoid confusion with Arthur Miller’s famous play of the same name. The film is a screen adaptation of a 2009 novel by Korean author Gong Ji-Young, who wrote her book as a fictionalized account inspired by the actual case of widespread sexual abuse of students at the Inhwa School for deaf children in Gawngju, Korea that took place from 2001 – 2005. The popularity of the film led to a spark of outrage amongst the Korean public who, upon learning of the ridiculously lenient court rulings in the real case, demanded police re-open an investigation and pressure be put on lawmakers to introduce tougher legislation for crimes of sexual assault and abuse. Of the six defendants indicted at Inwha School, two received prison sentences of less than a year, two received probation, and two escaped punishment entirely due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Now, in response to the vehement public feeling on the issue, the National Assembly is to introduce new laws which strengthen measures against those who sexually assault minors and the disabled. It is unfortunate that it took a popular movie to highlight how ineffectively lenient existing Korean law had been in these areas but the speed and determination by which the authorities appear intended to improve sex-crime legislation is a welcome sight.

Here is a subtitled trailer for the film. Although reportedly quite a harrowing viewing experience, there are glimpses here of what might be unnecessary Korean over-dramatization creeping in. I hope that is not the case, as this kind of story should be powerful enough on the basis of its own veracity and require no operatic fight scenes to make it more compelling.

Dogani (도가니) – Silenced


One comment

  1. I find it funny that the typical Hollywood trailer flow (that whole “building up to a crescendo and then a scream at the end” thing) is a worldwide trailer trope.

    This looks like painful viewing, but I’m glad it made a difference.

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