The most controversial Korean film of 2011, Silenced (a.k.a. The Crucible) directed by Hwang Dong Hyuk (My Father) has brought widespread attention to a tragic real-life story of sexual abuse at a school for hearing-impaired children. Based on a novel inspired by the shocking case, the film is a haunting, harrowing expose of the heinous crimes committed and the uphill battle in court for justice. Gong Yoo (Finding Mr. Destiny) and Jung Yoo Mi (Oki's Movie) star as a teacher and a social worker who uncover the horrifying truth and fight to break the silence. With heartbreaking performances from child actors Baek Seung Hwan, Kim Hyun Soo, annd Jeong In Seo, Silenced's powerful, devastating story not only sold over four million tickets at the Korean box office, it also had a positive impact in the real world. The film raised public awareness and outrage about lenient laws and court rulings on sexual violence against minors, leading to legislation reform and reopened investigations against the school.
Struggling single father In Ho (Gong Yoo) finally finds a teaching position at a school for hearing-impaired children in the foggy town of Mujin. The job was not easy to come by for In Ho, who is already in a tough financial situation but had to cough up a "donation" to the administration. It doesn't take long for In Ho to notice that something is amiss at the gloomy school: the teachers treat students with disdain, the children seem afraid and distrustful of the staff, and strange sounds can be heard at night. When In Ho comes across a staff brutally beating a student one night, he realizes that something far more terrible is happening. With the help of social worker Yoo Jin (Jung Yoo Mi), he gains the trust of the children and learns the shocking truth that students are being physically and sexually abused by the faculty. When In Ho and Yoo Jin try to bring the perpetrators to justice, they find themselves up against a corrupt and apathetic educational and legal system that has turned a blind eye at every turn.
This edition comes with making-of, deleted scenes, preview, poster shoot, and trailer.
- Gong Yoo (Actor)
- Jung Yoo Mi (Actor)
- Jang Gwang
- Baek Seung Hwan (Actor)
- Kim Ji Yeong (Actor)
- Director: Hwang Dong Hyuk
Release Date: 2012-03-08
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan)
Publisher: Art Service
Other Information: 2-Disc
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