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“MALMOE”: Mission to Restore Korean Language Under Colonialism
나승희 | 승인2019.10.15 14:59
출처 : 네이버 영화

‘Hangul Proclamation Day’ is a national holiday to commemorate the creation of Hunminjeongum, Hangeul (the Korean alphabet of today), and to applaud the excellence of the Hangeul writing. Gagya day is the beginning of ‘Hangul Proclamation Day’ and was changed to ‘Hangul Proclamation Day’ in 1928. After the liberation from Japan's colonial rule it was decided 9th October and was designated as a national holiday from the year 2006.

 

In 1926, during the Japanese colonial period, the Korean Language Society designated 29th September on the lunar calendar (4th November on the solar calendar) as Hangul Day for the first time. In those days we were deprived of national sovereignty and oppressed by the Japanese colonial rule, so we established and celebrated Hangeul Proclamation Day in order to revive and boost the national spirit.

 

The title meaning of the movie 'MALMOE: The Secret Mission' is the first modern Korean dictionary to make a compilation attempt in Korea, and it is a story set in 1940 of the Joseon Language Society and their effort which wants to make a Korean dictionary. It dramatically told the grim history of a time when not only Korean language education but also the use of Korean was banned in all schools, and students were taught only Japanese in Korean classes.

 

The movie begins when Kim Pan-soo, who was dismissed for theft at a movie theater, steals some person's bag. The owner of the bag was Ryu Jeong-hwan, the representative of the Korean Language Society, and there were important material for making a dictionary in the bag. After many twists and turns and recovering the bag, Ryu returns to his office to tell the group. Cho Gap-yoon, one of the group members that knew Kim, gives the order of errand boy of the Joseon Language Society to Kim.

 

Ryu has a disagreement with Kim and feels both affection and hatred. The Joseon Language Society, like the organizations that tried to inherit the spirit of the Korean independence, becomes the target of Japanese surveillance. However, all the people of the Korean Language Society feel unable to give up their Korean language and Korean writing, so they keep working to avoid the Japanese Government General. Eventually they are caught by the Japanese.

 

The film leads the two main characters' conflict resolution process "and yet I will forgive you", and it portrays mighty impression that should be instructive but may cause a viewer to feel two hours of boredom. Nevertheless, it is a good movie to watch with family on the forthcoming Hangul Day as it informs them that not only guns and swords but also languages were important for Korean independence.

 

L.L.F reporter Seung-hee Na


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