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Juvenile Offender

  • Directed by Kang Yi-kwan
  • South Korea, 2012, 107 mins., Korean

An appeal for societal and personal reform, this intimate crime drama peers into the consequences of cyclical, intergenerational abandonment as experienced by a troubled 16-year-old boy named Ji-gu. Living with his ailing grandfather, he falls in with the wrong crowd and, after committing larceny, ends up in juvenile detention. There, he reunites with Hyo-seung, his destitute mother, who gave birth to him as a teenager and left him when he was only three years old. Against the backdrop of Seoul’s affluent metropolis, Ji and his mother’s story is as much about social problems as it is about a young outsider’s challenge to rise above history repeating itself. Winner of the Best Actor and Special Jury Prizes at the Tokyo International Film Festival and this year’s South Korean submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Genres: Drama