The Taebaek Mountains
|The Taebaek Mountains|
Poster to The Taebaek Mountains (1994)
|Revised Romanization||Taebaek Sanmaek|
|Directed by||Im Kwon-taek|
|Produced by||Lee Tae-won|
|Written by||Cho Jeong-lae|
|Music by||Kim Soo-chul|
|Edited by||Park Sun-duk|
|Distributed by||Taehung Pictures|
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 provides a 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. The author dares to show what the ideological conflict derives from and tries to describe it in detail and with artistic skill of commanding Korean colloquial language supplying its readers the true taste of Korean dialect expressions especially in its southern part Jeolla province.
Korean film scholar, Kim Kyung-hyun describes the reception of The Taebaek Mountains by South Korean audiences and critics as "lukewarm."
- Telluride Film Festival (1999)
- Kim, Kyung-hyun (2004). "3. 'Is This How the War is Remembered?': Violent Sex and the Korean War in Silver Stallion, Spring in My Hometown, and The Taebaek Mountains". The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema. Durham and London: Duke University Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-8223-3267-1.
- Awards based on "Awards for Taebek sanmaek (1994)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-06. and "The Taebaek Mountains: Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
- "Berlinale: 1995 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- Brennan, Sandra. "The Taebaek Mountains". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
- Kim, Kyung-hyun (2002). "Is This How the War Is Remembered?: Deceptive Sex and the Re-masculinized Nation in The Taebaek Mountains". In James, David E. & Kim Kyung-hyun (ed.). Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. pp. 197–222. ISBN 0-8143-2869-5.
- Kim, Kyung-hyun (2004). "3. 'Is This How the War is Remembered?': Violent Sex and the Korean War in Silver Stallion, Spring in My Hometown, and The Taebaek Mountains". The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema. Durham and London: Duke University Press. pp. 93–106. ISBN 0-8223-3267-1.
- "TAEBAEK SANMAEK". The Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2007-11-07. External link in
- The Taebaek Mountains at the Korean Movie Database
- Taebek sanmaek (1994) at IMDb