Winner of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival "World Cinema Grand Jury Prize."
Set during the 1948 Jeju Massacre in Korea, JISEUL tells the story of some 120 villagers who hid in a cave for 60 days from soldiers who were under shoot-to-kill orders. They suffer from severe cold and hunger but retain their sanity by making jokes and holding on to the hope that their wait is almost over. Eventually their endurance wanes, and is at certain times hard to watch because of the content and at others extremely engaging because of the authentic human emotion. O has crafted a potent and poetic requiem for a people and a place close to his heart. - Sundance Film Festival.
Synopsis written by: Sundance