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Silenced

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Based on the true account of what took place at a school for the hearing impaired in South Korea. In 2000, a principal and some faculty members had begun to sexually molest and abuse several hearing impaired students at their school for close to 4 consecutive years. Though we may not want to accept it, it is time to face this horrible inhumane truth.

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  • Actors: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jeong, Hyeon-soo Kim
  • Directors: Dong-hyuk Hwang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: CJ Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008645XS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Silenced (aka The Crucible) is a drama based on real events. In-Ho is a new teacher at a school for the hearing impaired. He immediately notices his students are acting strange. He then finds out that they have been physically and sexually abused by their teachers and even the principal. The students' vivid stories are told and brought to court. This is an amazing film.

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.
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This is a very well made expose of an age old occurrence. Abuse of Deaf children, in so called places of safety and learning, by so called "saviors" is an age-old phenomenon. These so-called saviors are really pedophiles who think that they have found the perfect victims in Deaf children who by all descriptions are as close to society's definition of "normal" children, apart from their ability to communicate clearly and specifically. While these children may be master communicators in their own sign language, their inability to communicate in spoken language often proves to be their greatest crucible.

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...
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The Crucible, a book by Gong Ji-young
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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