Wolmi-do: North Korean war film at Robinson College

There have been several events this year marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Thanks to the efforts of the Foreign Office, the Cambridge Department of East Asian Studies has obtained a DVD of a North Korean film on the Korean War. “Wolmi Island” is a 1982 film that depicts the efforts of a battery unit during MacArthur’s Inchon landing in Sept. 1950. The DVD has English subtitles, and is followed by Q&A with Dr Mark Morris.

date: Friday 29 Oct 2010
time: 5pm
venue: Umney Theatre, Robinson College
admission: free


This North Korean film directed by Cho Gyong-sun gives a vivid representation of the tragic fate of coastal battery unit that fought to the last man protecting the Wolmi Island in September 1950. Countering 50,000 troops and over 500 warships of General MacArthur, the North Korean battery commander Li Tae-un and his company men checked the UN landing operation for three days by displaying unprecedented bravery and a high degree of self-sacrificing spirit. This film also depicts the role of women conscripted to participate in the Korean War alongside with men on the frontline and to the rear.

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