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Opening|Special Screenings

Anarchist from the Colony


Director: LEE Joon-ik

2017|Korea|128min|Language: Korean, Japanese|Subtitles: Japanese, English

Date Time Venue Guest
3/9 (Fri) 18:30 *Sold Out Hankyu Umeda Hall  Opening Ceremony
3/15 (Thu) 16:00 *Sold Out Cine Libre Umeda 3    

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  • 朴烈(パクヨル) 植民地からのアナキスト
  • 朴烈(パクヨル) 植民地からのアナキスト
  • 朴烈(パクヨル) 植民地からのアナキスト
  • 朴烈(パクヨル) 植民地からのアナキスト
  • 朴烈(パクヨル) 植民地からのアナキスト
  • 朴烈(パクヨル) 植民地からのアナキスト
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LEE Je-hoon

In 1923, during the Japanese occupation of Korea, Koreans who live in Tokyo are severely exploited by the Japanese. After the Great Kanto Earthquake strikes, people descend into chaos. To calm the people’s anxiety, the Japanese Cabinet decides to randomly arrest Korean men. Among these innocent Korean men, the officer Mizuno arrests a young man named Park Yeol as an example. However, Park throws the entire Cabinet into confusion by revealing the extreme scheme he had planned with Japanese Anarchist Fumiko: “Kill the Crown Prince of Japan”.


Starring LEE Je-hoon from “Architecture 101” and “Phantom Detective”, and the up-and-coming actress Moon CHOI, “Anarchist from the Colony” was a big hit in 2017 in Korea. Director LEE Joon-ik (“The Throne” and “Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet”) vividly depicts the true story of the love and struggle of anarchists Park Yeol (朴烈) and Kaneko Fumiko (金子文子) in Taisho-era Japan.


LEE Joon-ik is acknowledged as a director who combines cinematic talent and box-office appeal in his films, which convince and move the viewer. In “Anarchist from the Colony”, LEE tells the story of a youth of burning passion through the life of Park Yeol, a reckless, self-proclaimed anarchist from Joseon. In this film, he maintains a distance from the tragic, heavy atmosphere of typical films set in the Japanese Colonial Era, while bringing excitement through a new perspective on history. He also depicts, with keen insight, the fiery passions of the era and the man Park Yeol. Of his intention behind the film, LEE says, “I wanted to create a film that highlights the life and values of a lesser-known, hard-to-fathom figure.” Through this lesser-known figure named Park Yeol, LEE fascinates the world yet again by raising a question: “Are we, in today’s world, facing the world directly, as Park Yeol did during the Japanese Colonial Era?”