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71: Into the Fire

 Into the FireI spoke too soon about not enough concern for the anniversary of the Korean War. A drama about the war is playing on the TV, and earlier my wife and I watched the ninth installment of a documentary on the same. And today, we saw 71 Into the Fire (포화 속으로). I can’t vouch for this film’s historical accuracy. But, South Korean directors continue to display an amazing ability to portray both bathos and pathos in war films.


Kim Gu, Korea’s Champion

Kim GuToday is the 61st anniversary of the assassination of Kim Gu, the three-term president of the Provisional Government of Korea. Kim’s life exemplifies the violent world of Northeast Asian politics in the early twentieth century. The victim of an assassin, Kim was himself an assassin.


The Face of the Enemy

If we sit by and become complacent and put our heads in the sand, we're complicit. - Shelley Morrison

Last Sunday was a public holiday here. Memorial Day, held on the 6th June each year, commemorates those who have died for what has become the Republic of Korea.


The Puppet Masters

It seems odd to go on writing about my life in Korea without mentioning current events. Last Thursday the results of an international investigation found that four weeks ago North Korea attacked and sank the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan, with the loss of 46 lives.

Surviving Picasso

"Art is a lie that makes us realise the truth." - Pablo Picasso

The Lost Words

In June 1950 the North Korean Army crossed the 38th parallel, invading the Republic of South Korea. By September, most of the Republic had fallen, with only the area around the city of Busan, or Pusan as it was then known in English, remaining under the control of anti-Communist forces. As the Republic collapsed, half a million refugees fled south to the coastal city, swelling the population to around 1.4 million. The Battle of Pusan Perimeter raged, and conditions within the titular city were equally chaotic.

An Introduction to Chomsongdae