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Even though she grew up in a well-to-do family in Pyongyang, she ended up in one of the notorious labour camps, where many of her relatives die, without ever learning the reasons. A depressing film about the despotism of the North Korean regime.
“Udumbara” is the name of the Buddhist jazz band the monk Hyegwang founded with two friends from his days as a rock musician in the 1970s. At the time they toured the night clubs of Busan and were celebrated like stars, today they play in the streets.
The term “manshin” refers to a shaman in trance, communicating between the living and the dead. South Korea’s best-known shaman, Kim Keum-hwa, was initiated into the art of exorcising, the so-called “gut”, by her grandmother.
A couple who have been married for 76 years live in a remote valley. Isolated from modern Korea they collect wood, keep their yard clean and do their daily chores, all the while cooing like young lovers, holding hands or putting flowers behind their ears.
Visually disabled Yong-gwang crafts a tactile map to take a walk with his sister, who is in the hospital. He makes her close her eyes and they take an imaginary walk on the map and through Yong-gwang's way of looking at the world.