Han Gong-ju

2013 [KOREAN]


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83% · 6 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.2/10 10 2739 2.7K


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Woo-hee Chun as Han Gong-Ju
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1.01 GB
Korean 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 52 min
Seeds 31
2.08 GB
Korean 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 52 min
Seeds 53

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by aminifatimaaa 7 / 10

completely heart shattering

Han Gong-Ju was emotionally devastating. The storytelling was skillful and while it was easy to figure out what the central event was, the details only began to unravel as the story progressed, resulting in a captivating plot that culminated in some very heartbreaking scenes. Chun Woo-Hee's performance was arresting and the film's harrowing subject matter was handled delicately yet made all the more disturbing by the fact it's based on a real incident.

Reviewed by t-dooley-69-386916 8 / 10

Exceptional Korean Film of a girl with a past

Han Gong Ju is a young school girl who is suddenly up rooted from her home and taken to a new district to live and attend a new school. All we know is that there has been 'a scandal' at her old school and that she was directly involved. Her school teacher takes her to live with his mother - who runs a little supermarket.

Han Gong Ju then tries to rebuild a life devoid of the past, but her curious detachment acts as a lure for some of her new class mates and try as she might the past always has a strange way of catching up with us.

This is probably a slow burner, but the direction and pacing make it feel more immediate than it actually is. The performances are all sufficiently nuanced to keep one guessing as to what really happened and as such the past is done in a slow reveal through flash backs. The back story could have been fleshed out better but once gain we have enough hints and subtle asides that help put all the pieces together. This is one where your full attention is required, but that is quite easy as it is very gripping. Another great piece of cinema from South Korea.

Reviewed by TheMovieDiorama 8 / 10

Han Gong-Ju is delicate, intimate and horrible simultaneously.

Yet another soul draining experience where I'm left thinking "no wonder I have no emotions, films just drain them til I have none left". I mean this was powerful without the story being overly heavy handed, an impressive directorial debut from Lee Su Jin. Based on a sexual violence case in 2004, a young girl seemingly attempts to blend in when she transfers to a new school. Unfortunately though, her harrowing past catches up as she struggles to flee from it. It's no spoiler, it's been well documented and is in the synopsis, that the sexual assault was a horrific gang rape. That's not the purpose of this film. This is purely a character study on a psychologically and emotionally damaged girl who has been the victim of a disgusting crime. The sexual scenes were heartbreaking. To see someone go through that is not an easy watch, and is clear why this was an independent film. Any big production studio would've exploited this story and toned down the graphic nature. But it's required. It's a powerful visceral image that enhances the pain and suffering Han Gong-Ju is going through. This is a very intimate and personal character study. Her development as you see her slowly blossom and crawl out of this dark nightmare that is overshadowing her is perfection. Instantly you connect with her. You know from the first few scenes that something has happened to her to cause all of this grief. Chun Woohee gives an understated and nuanced performance, she is able to capture the fragility and tenderness of her character beautifully. The pacing occasionally feels sluggish, but it's dealing with an important subject so I appreciated the fact it took its time. The ending was slightly ambiguous, yet I was still gobsmacked. Han Gong-Ju is yet another brilliant addition to Asian cinema. I would only recommend if you are into serious mature dramas, some scenes will cause discomfort and distress...trust me!

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