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Two Evenings of Film at the National Archives of Canada


OTTAWA, June 19, 2000  --  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the National Archives of Canada, will present two evenings of film at the National Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, June 21 and 22.

The Korean War (June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953) was the first war with United Nations participation. Sixteen countries, including Canada, dispatched aid to South Korea. Nearly 27,000 Canadians served in Korea with 7,000 remaining in the war theatre until the end of 1955. Five hundred and sixteen Canadians lost their lives in Korea.


June 21, 6:30 p.m. - By invitation only. Hosted by Ambassador Kim Sam-hoon.
To the Starry Island
(1993), Korean with English subtitles.
Directed by Park Kwang-Su [The Black Republic (1990); A Single Spark (1996)].

June 22, 7:00 p.m. - Open to the public, free admission.
A Man with Three Coffins
(1987), Korean with English subtitles.
Directed by Lee Jang-ho [Declaration of Fools (1983); Windy Day (1980)].

In addition, a selection of documents from the National Archives relating to the Korean War will be on display for the evening in the Auditorium Foyer.

For information about the films, please call (613) 244-5044 or refer to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea’s Web site: 

The National Archives of Canada preserves the recorded memory of Canada, including the essential record of the government of Canada. By opening these records to Canadians, the National Archives contributes to the protection of the rights of all Canadians and enhances their understanding of Canada. In this way, the National Archives of Canada serves Canadians by connecting them to the sources of their past, their histories.


Media are invited to attend the reception prior to the film on June 21, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer of the National Archives auditorium, 395 Wellington St., in Ottawa.


Film synopsis

To the Starry Island (1993), Directed by Park Kwang-Su
It was Moon Deok-bae's will to be buried on his home island. According to these
wishes, his son Moon Jae-ku is bound for the island with the flowery bier. As they get closer, however, the islanders begin to object to his landing. To the Starry Island reveals an island community caught between North and South. In this contemporary film, the terrible effects of the struggle are shown through the relationships amongst the villagers.

A Man with Three Coffins (1987), Directed by Lee Jang-ho
Directed by one of Korea's most popular filmmakers of the 1970s and 80s, this enigmatic and melancholy road movie won 4 Grand Bell Awards. It interweaves two plots, one about an old man near death who wants to visit his hometown, located somewhere near the North-South border, and the other about a widower who wants to return his wife's ashes to the same hometown. The film presents Buddhist notions of karma, reincarnation and recurrence, as well as elements of shamanism to explain the individual yet common thread shared by those who lived through or even after the Korean War.


For more information and reservation please contact:

Pauline Portelance
Media Relations Officer
Telephone: (613) 996-6128
E-mail: media@lac-bac.gc.ca