I had heard a lot of great things about this movie from my Korean friends. I had also known that this movie had won great accolades and is one of the best movies of 2011. I thought of watching it and boy, was my mind blown.
First and foremost, this movie is not for the faint hearted. If you cannot handle explicit scenes, stay away from this one. If you can handle such stuff, read on!
This film (Korean name : 도가니) follows the journey of Kang In Ho (Gong Yoo) as he finds a new job at a school for the hearing impaired as an art teacher. What seems like a normal school, actually has a very dark underbelly. Gong Yoo witnesses some strange and horrible incidents happening to some kids and finds out the ugly truth of what actually happens behind closed doors in that school. He soon realizes that the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth.
Once you start watching this movie, you’ll get drawn into it and feel every emotion that the characters in the movie feel. The acting is impeccable. The children had to portray such difficult roles but they did it and how! Baek Seung hwan is going to be a great actor in the future (he is an amazing child actor now!)
The fact that this storyline is based on a real life experience makes it all the more chilling. This movie doesn’t aim to entertain. It aims to tell you the reality – as it is. Gong Yoo’s acting is just superb so is Jung Yu Mi’s acting. When you finish watching it, this movie will leave strong imprints on your mind.
This movie is based on the novel “Dogani” written by Kong Ji-Young (published in 2009). The novel was inspired by a true incidents which occurred at a school for hearing-impaired persons in Gwangju, South Korea.
Again, don’t watch it if you’re below 18 or if you can’t handle explicit scenes. Here’s the trailer:
If you have watched this movie, let me know in the comments what you thought of it! My rating: 4/5