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Members of the Funeral (2008)

Jang-rye-shik-eui-mem-beo (original title)
The history of a dysfunctional Korean family is revealed as they attend a funeral.

Director:

Seung-bin Baek

Writer:

Seung-bin Baek (screenplay)
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Seon-ae Ji Seon-ae Ji
Jeong-min Kang Jeong-min Kang
Won-sik Kim Won-sik Kim
Hyeong-joon Kwon Hyeong-joon Kwon
Joo-seung Lee Joo-seung Lee
Si-eun Lim Si-eun Lim
Ji-eun Oh Ji-eun Oh ... young Jung-Hee
Myung-shin Park Myung-shin Park
Ha-Yoon Song Ha-Yoon Song ... Uami (as Byeol Kim)
Ha-bok Yu Ha-bok Yu
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The suicide of a bright schoolboy, 17-year-old Hee-Joon, stirs extreme responses from those left behind. This clever, intriguing feature keeps us guessing about the truth behind the flashbacks. It includes a young girl transfixed by taxidermy, a predatory sports teacher who bonds rather too closely with his male students, and a literature teacher with a violent response to poor writing. Then there are members of a family and the leading characters in Hee-Joon's novel. The result is an emotional puzzle with a dark sense of fun. A wayward South Korean gem - at once funny, macabre, and mysterious. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Drama

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

12 March 2009 (South Korea) See more »

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Members of the Funeral See more »

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Complex
9 June 2009 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I can't tell you exactly why, but I really liked this movie. It's pretty complex, it's story lines interfere with one another, there are many things left in the open (or so I think) and the only thing I can say for sure, is that I didn't understand everything shown in the movie.

It builds up from the beginning and many things get revealed much later (like the relationships between persons, story lines etc.). The performances are great and the characters are all fully explored (even if their intentions/motives might seem weird). (South) Korean movies in general are sometimes a bit weird or seem so, when watched by western audiences, but this one is weird for anyone ... and I just like it for being as it is.


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