Director: Lee Joon-Ik
Distributor: Megabox Plus M
Cast: Kang Ha-Neul, Park Jung-Min, Kim In-Woo, Shin Yoon-Ju
Set during the Japanese colonial era — when the Japanese administration banned the use of Korean language in schools and Koreans were forced to surrender their Korean family names and adopt Japanese surnames, and they were compelled to send wives and daughters into prostitution.
DongJu: The Portrait of A Poet depicts the life of poet Yun Dong-Ju (played by Kang Ha-Neul), who lives his entire life under Japanese colonial rule. Early in his youth, his talent for writing becomes transparent and he intends to publish his own poems as a collection, but on account of Japanese oppression, the project is postponed.
Yun and his cousin Song Mong-Gyu (played by Park Jung-Min) are detained for taking part in the Korean Independence Movement. During imprisonment, Yun continues to write poems. His poems speak of hopes for freedom and independence.
Yun Dong-Ju was a Korean poet of the utmost purity and patriotism. Posthumously, his poems find even more resonance in the hearts of Koreans.
Director Lee Joon-Ik — of the 10-million admissions hit The King and The Clown (2005), which became the most successful Korean film ever at the time of its release — previously worked on the hit period film The Throne (2015), featuring Song Kang-Ho (The Attorney and Snowpiercer) and Yoo Ah-In (Veteran and Punch).
DongJu: The Portrait of A Poet is slated to premiere nationwide on February 18, 2016.