The attorney

The attorney

DVD - 2014 | Korean
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Song Woo-seok has no clients, connections, nor college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money make him the most successful lawyer in town. But at the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, Song takes the case no one else will, and changes the course of his life.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD ATTORNEY
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Byeon-ho-in

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2017

It is a court room thriller, a comedy of underdogs, a political drama, a history lesson ... A self taught attorney led an epic struggle for human rights during the 1980s in S. Korean. Take a look at this film if you ever wonder why students protest for all sorts of causes around the world, risking injuries, prosecution and their future against corrupted governments. Per wiki:

It was inspired by the real-life "Burim case" of 1981, when during the authoritarian Chun Doo-hwan regime, 22 students, teachers and office workers who belonged to a book club were arrested without warrants on fabricated charges that they were North Korea sympathizers.

Catmamakim May 18, 2015

Suspenseful with appreciated comic relief. Based on a true story, this movie strikes a cord regarding the nasty faces of student activism around the world. Quite enjoyable.

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JackamoJames
Apr 06, 2015

A bit of history, drama, thriller aspects, and values, are all part of what makes up this " based" on true events wonderful film.
Those who enjoy foreign films will surely put this one high on the list of telling others " you gotta seeee this" and hopefully many of you will. Forget wasting your time with yet another hollywood by the numbers movie and do yourself a favor. Watch this film.

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bby604
Oct 24, 2014

A bit of modern history of South Korea on its road to true democracy in the 80's. Eerily similar to what students protesting in Taiwan and Hong Kong were going thru.

harrybrowne Oct 05, 2014

This film has an opening disclaimer that it is a work of fiction based on a true story. If even a part of this film about government corruption is true it is gut-wrenching but nothing new. False accusations and persecution in the name of "national security." Torture, forced confessions, rigged trials, corrupt judges.

Although the event takes place in 1981, it is not different today anywhere in the world, even in the supposedly free U.S. And the filmmakers use the more accurate term "anti-government" rather than the meaningless phrase "pro-democracy" so beloved by Western journalists.

The torture scenes are excruciating and not sanitized. The acting is superb, especially the accused young "Communist." The film quality, though, is not very good and the subtitles are hard to read. That said, it is worth watching because it is history: past, present and future.

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2017

If protesting could change the world, I would've clone it ages ago. You think the world is that soft? You can throw dozens of eggs, but it can't hurt a boulder.
- As weak as eggs are, they're still living things. Boulders will break into dust, but eggs will hatch with life.
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The defendant's mother... She searched the city for months for her missing son. She even... She... She ran to the morgue with a heavy heart. Why did she look through the unidentified bodies? Because the police kidnapped the defendants to torture them.
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You're old enough to read now. What does that say?
-“Never give up.”

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2017

Memorial services are about honoring the deceased. Essentially calm and quiet. If such things pose a threat, it only shows the growing fear of people using violence against it.
-But you're an attorney. Haven't you crossed the line by violating positive law?
It's because I'm an attorney. Attorneys must lead the people in such unjust, unlawful times. That's the true duty of an attorney.
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This is a trial on the violation of human rights! Not national security.
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You call yourself a lawyer, not knowing what a nation is?
-I know all too well. Constitution Article 1, clause 2! Sovereignty lies with the people. All authority is granted by the people! The people are the nation! A nation you oppressed with no legal grounds, under premises of national security! Those soldiers who took hold of the government by force! They are your nation!

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