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First, I have to mention, this movie has a lot of violence towards children- both physically and sexually. It gets very hard to watch as you hear the agonizing screams of the children. The kids tell their stories in sign-language and its interpreted by their teacher, In-Ho. You hear and see the stories of three students (one tells a sad story that involves his brother). I think the story involving Mr. Park was the most disturbing because of how detailed and evil it was; I don't want to spoil the movie, but he was a really sick man for doing what he did to those boys in the bathroom. The rest are still disturbing, though. And, although they're told in sign-language, you can still see their pain through their tears and facial expressions as they tell their stories. The children did an amazing job in this film, some of the best acting I've seen from kids. As I previously stated, the stories are extremely detailed and include very young kids. This will probably make you hate the offenders because they did a perfect job playing these sinister characters.
That leads to my other point; this film will take you on an emotional ride. There are some moments that will make you smile, some will make you angry, some will make you sad, etc. It's a very powerful and effective film. And it has a strong message. The ending was also amazing. Like most foreign films, it doesn't follow the generic Hollywood formula.Read more ›
The few people such as the altruistic protagonist, Kang In-ho, who are fully able to converse in BOTH the spoken language--of the country the Deaf child might hail from--and the Deaf child's spoken language, often expose the "unspeakable evil" perpetrated by these "noble saviors." Hopefully this film will lead to more true stories of this sad but common phenomenon at Deaf schools world-wide.
This atrocity often sadly lead such institutions, which are the best places to educate Deaf children, to be labeled as places of evil. This creates stereotypes of such nirvanas that parents of Deaf children shun and are hesitant to send their children to be abused. Deaf schools are without doubt the best places for Deaf children to be able to mingle with their peers and attain incidental learning which is how the majority of us become educated and attain "normalcy" in the eyes of society.
Again, this movie is very highly recommended and it provides a stark portrayal of the truth that has been hidden for more than two centuries world-wide...
and film (2001) also titled Silenced
Wikipedia has a very good article on this book and movie.
This film based on true life events is more horrifying than any fictional “horror” movie ever made. It is an extremely difficult film to watch. (Five stars for excellence - but I did not love this movie.)
It is very violent, and contains nudity and recreated, very graphic scenes of adult males beating and raping deaf girls and boys, and of a woman putting a girl in a washing machine. This is true horror.
The film (and book) exposed the child abuse, rape and cover up at a school for the deaf in Korea. Immoral people lied and covered up the horrific crimes to keep their jobs and or to get better jobs and hush money. The church and the government and the legal systems, corrupt courts, prosecutors and judges, and corrupt police, and even the people of the city who did not want to admit the horrible truth failed to protect defenseless children Society and the systems that are supposed to protect children failed to protect the children.
Incredible acting! Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince, etc.) is great as always. His character and two female characters are not bought off with bribes or threats. I hope that this role does not hurt Gong Yoo’s career.
The many child actors in this movie are phenomenal. They portrayed the beatings – the rapes – and the deaf children trying to testify against the men who beat and raped them.
In the film a female character who bribed poor mental impaired grandmother of one of the victims says “at times like this even God seems so unfair”
The book and film, and the subsequent public outrage, were responsible for the abuse cases being reopened and brought about much needed legal reforms.
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Perfect and I time delivered! It came in as no damaged. It as a brand new DVD! Would buy this item again with awesome which shipment!Published 9 months ago by Tye Lovato
An earnest teacher (Yoo Gong) is sent to a school for the deaf and mute, special children. He is surprised hoe reticent and shy they all are to any adult. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Camera newbie
What a powerful movie. I thought the acting was well played out. The ending has to be the saddest part of it all as well as considering the fact that it was based on a true story.Published on October 21, 2013 by Sarah
Based on a real-life case of child abuse at a home for deaf children in a South Korean small town, Silenced obviously deals with sensitive and harrowing material, but its stance is... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Keris Nine
I do really love Gong Yoo, whether it's in comedy, action, love story and now, tear jerker. He portrait this character amazingly. He really can act.... Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Aaliyah Jan "Aleja"
This movie is serious, eye opening, and intense, with a rating of (18+) which is (R) in USA. The actors are really good especially the children. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Hope23
As a movie, this could have been the foreign equivalent of a Lifetime Channel melodrama of the week, minus the graphic molestation scenes. Thus I give it 3 stars. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by J.N.