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Anarchists

Directed by Yu Yong-Sik
Produced by Lee Chang-Joon, Zhong Zheng, Fu Wenxia, Lee Jun-Ik (executive producer)
Written by Park Chan-wook
Starring Jang Dong-Gun,
Kim Sang-Joong,
Jeong Jun-Ho,
Lee Bum-Soo,
Kim In-kwon,
Ye Ji-won
Music by Choi Man-Shik, Choi Sun-Shik
Cinematography Kim Eung-Taek
Editing by Kyung Min-Ho
Distributed by Fordwell Group Ltd. (Hong Kong), CineClick Asia (U.S.A.),
Released 2000 (South Korea), 2002 (Hong Kong), 2003 (U.S.A.), 2005 (Japan)
Running time 100 min.
Language Korean, (Chinese, English, and Japanese subtitles)
Budget
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Anarchists (Korean title: A-na-k'i-seu-teu) is a South Korea action movie, made in 2000, and directed by Yu Yong-Sik and written by Park Chan-Wook. Image File history File linksMetadata Anarchists_DVD_cover. ... Park Chan-wook born August 23, 1963 is a South Korean director and screenwriter. ... Jang Dong-gun (Born March 7, 1972) is a Korean actor and musician. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Movie poster for Die Another Day, the 20th James Bond movie. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Park Chan-wook born August 23, 1963 is a South Korean director and screenwriter. ...


Set in Shanghai, circa 1924, the movie is about an underground cell of anarchists who attempt to overthrow the Japanese goverment's colonial control of Korea through "propaganda by the deed." Told from the perspective of the youngest character, Sang-Gu, years after the fact, the story is a sympathetic look at a group of young revolutionaries through the eyes of one of their own. Shanghai (Chinese: 上海 pinyin: ▶ (help· info); Shanghainese IPA: ; Lumazi: Zanhe) , situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is Chinas largest city. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Anarchism derives from the Greek αναρχία (without archons (ruler, chief, king)). Thus anarchism, in its most general meaning, is the belief that rulers are unnecessary and should be abolished. ... Korea under Japanese rule refers to the period of Japans occupation of the Korean peninsula in the early 20th century. ... Propaganda of the Deed or Propaganda by Deed was an anarchist doctrine that promoted the decisive action of individuals to inspire further action by others. ...

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Plot Summary

In the opening scene the protagonist begins to reminece on his youth and remembers the day he was saved from execution in a raid performed by the anarchist cell he would later join. After reaching a safe house the group begins to teach him the tricks of their trade. He later takes part in several missions, though he continues to have difficulty throughout the movie with the violence of his new job.


Eventually a string of tragic events strike the team. One of their members is fatally betrayed during a mission, leading to their covers being blown during the next. Now wanted by the Japanese and Chinese authorities, their funders turn away from them and instead choose to support socialist electoral politics to further their cause. This angers the group, and they leave the larger organization, attempting to survive on its own by earning money through gambling and bank robbery. Over time the group becomes agitated with simply scraping by and several voice a desire to return to their old ways of clandestine warfare. They collectively decide to strike at the Japanese government in a high profile attack, leading up to a dramatic finale. The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ...

Seregay and Lee Geun

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Cast and Character Descriptions

Specific charecter information largely comes from the film's official website, rather than the movie itself. Within the film, charecters aren't overtly developed and exposition largely comes through Sang-Gu's perspective, relying on few monologues and no flashbacks to tell the backstory. Instead, referinces to some of the events descriped below can be detected within charecter interaction and dialogue.

"Seregay is a great fighter and an activist who doesn't care to be compensated. Jang Dong-gun (Born March 7, 1972) is a Korean actor and musician. ...


"A graduate of Moscow University, Seregay is a nihilistic intellectual. He was the leader of an anarchist terrorist group, but unable to overcome the after-effects of torture from Japanese authorities, he's become addicted to opium, which takes him down a road of destruction. Aside from his drug addiction, he's an excellent sharpshooter, and with his handsome face and eccentric charm, he's loved by women all around him." Moscow State University campus M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Московский Государственный Университет имени М.В.Ломоносова, often abbreviated МГУ, MSU, MGU) is considered the oldest university in Russia, founded in 1755. ... The nonexistence of God is a quintessential nihilistic concern. ... Opium is a narcotic analgesic drug which is obtained from the unripe seed pods of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum L. or the synonym paeoniflorum). ...

  • Jeong Jun-ho as Lee Geun

"A poet and humanist who worships Tolstoy, Lee Geun converts to anarchism after he meets Seregay and joins the group. Being a romanticist as well as an idealist, he suffers an ethical dilemma throughout the revolution. A handsome man with a manner that gains him trust, he leads the group with Han Myung-Gon." Leo Tolstoy, pictured late in life Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (?) (Russian: Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й; commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy) (September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910, N.S.; August 28, 1828 – November 7, 1910, O.S.) was a Russian novelist, social reformer, pacifist, Christian anarchist, vegetarian, moral thinker and an influential... Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement in the history of ideas that originated in late 18th century Western Europe. ... In philosophy, idealism is any theory positing the primacy of spirit, mind, or language over matter. ...

Han Myung-Gon and the Japanese military standoff.
  • Kim Sang-Joong as Han Myung-Gon

"Han is a cool-headed revolutionary with a gentle appearance. He came to learn Marxist-Leninist ideologies in his early years and become a model conspirator within the group. When he deals with his foes, he handles them mercilessly, but keeps his cool at all times. As the leader of the group, he keeps the others in line, while putting forward an image as an all-out stoic." Image File history File linksMetadata Anarchists_(film)_3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Anarchists_(film)_3. ... Vladimir Lenin in 1920 Leninism is a political and economic theory which builds upon Marxism; it is a branch of Marxism (and it has been the dominant branch of Marxism in the world since the 1920s). ...

  • Lee Bum-Soo as Dol-Suk

"Born into the lowest class of society, Dol-Suk is unconditionally hostile to the 'haves.' Even though he acts first and thinks second, he's always loyal and tends not to be shallow. He enjoys games, practical jokes and loves women, but hates anything that is complicated. Strong headed with a foul-tongue, Dol-Suk values comradeship and cruelty at the same time."

Seregay and his apprentice, Sang-Gu.
  • Kim In-Kwon as Sang-Gu

"Having lost his whole family during the Kyungshin Massacre, and in the hope of getting revenge on the Japanese ruling power, a young terrorist comes to Shanghai all alone. But his life takes a complete turn when he meets the anarchists. Although he's very brave, he can't actively participate because he's still a young boy. He has trouble adapting to the merciless and cold-blooded terrorist activities with his weak heart. However, he admires and follows Seregay, Lee Geun and the other members and plays the observer of the entire story" Image File history File linksMetadata Anarchists_(film)_1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Anarchists_(film)_1. ...

  • Ye Ji-Won as Kaneko

"When she sings Sombre Dimanche (Melancholic Sunday), it's bewitching enough to make you want to know more about the woman behind the mysterious voice. As the Queen of the club, her love overcomes all ideologies and thoughts, and she comforts the soul of a man who does not trust himself into love. With outstanding beauty and intelligence she wins the hearts of Seregay and Lee Geun in a single spell."


Production Notes and Historical Significance

Anarchists was the first Korean and Chinese co-production in the history of Korean cinema. The film was shot entirely in China over a period of three months in Shanghai and in towns nearby. For Anarchists, the production team worked with a Chinese-based A-level staff who participated in the production of ChenKaige's Farewell My Concubine and Temptress Moon. For an effective production process, the actors and the core production staff came from Korea, while the production design, elaborate sets, supporting talent and hundreds of extras were supplied by the Shanghai Film Studio. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Chen Kaige (Simplified Chinese: 陈凯歌; Traditional Chinese: 陳凱歌; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Chen Kai-ko) (born August 12, 1952) is a famous Chinese film director. ... Movie poster of Farewell My Concubine at Cannes Film Festival Farewell My Concubine (Chinese: 霸王別姬; pinyin: ) is a 1993 China/Hong Kong movie directed by Chen Kaige written by Lillian Lee and Wei Lu starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li, Ge You and Ren Lei. ... Temptress Moon (風月) is a 1996 Chinese film directed by Chen Kaige. ...


Jang Dong-Gun later spoke on the production in an interview: "The opium joint and the pipe I used were all genuine stuff from that period. The background was authentic as well. Even those cups were genuine antiques. I believed that a lot of spirits haunted the place. All the elements provided a wonderful atmosphere for filming."


Anarchy and The Film

A movie about the practical ities of survival, the passion for the good fight, and how these two things are sometimes at odds; it attempts to portray the anarchists with respect, but falls prey to martial art film clich├ęs and shallow charecter portrayal. The charecters act less like politically minded radicals and more like a crew of hitmen out to take down an underdeveloped enemy in overacted, slow motion gun battles.

Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?
Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?

Little about anarchist philosophy is actually explained, much less why the individual characters would be attracted to it, though clear references to certain facets of anarchism are referinced. Examples include a referince to Kropotkin, the origin of the word anarchy, and a brief exchange on the use of the color black as an anarchist symbol. One scene between the anarchists and their funder also touches on the relationship between anarchists and socialists, and the turmoil that occurred among political factions after the Russian Revolution of 1917, as a result of which many anarchists became socialists and anarchism as a movement began to see a decline in Asia. Image File history File links Anarchist_promotional_image. ... Image File history File links Anarchist_promotional_image. ... Peter Kropotkin Prince Peter Alexeievich Kropotkin (Пётр Алексе́евич Кропо́ткин) ( December 9, 1842 - February 8, 1921) was one of Russias foremost anarchists and one of the first advocates of what he called anarchist communism: the model of society he advocated for most of his life was that of a communist... In the realist theory of International Relations, the anarchical system that all states find themselves in is the lack of clear organisation of states into a hieracical order that is found within states. ... This article discusses various anarchist symbols, including the circle-A and the black flag. ... The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ... The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a political movement in Russia which reached its peak in 1917 with the overthrow of the Provisional Government that had replaced the Russian Czarist system, and led to the establishment of the Soviet Union, which lasted until its collapse in 1991. ...


For their part, the promotors were not at all shy of describing their protagonists as "terrorists," dispite the obvious negative connotations and the fact that mainstream media sources often meet anarchists with hostility. The exact definition of terrorism is highly controversial. ...


However, the movie is unique among fictional dipictions of anarchists in that its tone is sympathetic. Most interpretations of anarchists are based on the western bias that Anarchism is a philosophy grounded in terrorism. The willingness to accept anarchists as positive historical figures may be owed to the fact that terrorism as practiced by anarchists in Europe and the US never caught on in Asia, and today Anarchism is a relatively unknown philosophy in East Asian countries. Anarchists are not seen so much as barbarians, as they are novelties.


See also

This is a partial list of Korean films: ...ing (2003) 3-Iron (Bin-Jip) (2004) Acacia (2004) Anarchists (2000) Attack the Gas Station (1999) Bilgu (1997) Chunhyang (2000) Crying Fist (2004) The Doll Master (2004) Duelist (2005) Everybody has Secrets (2004) Face (2004) The Foul King (2000) The Ghost (2004... Korea under Japanese rule refers to the period of Japans occupation of the Korean peninsula in the early 20th century. ... The heyday of anarchist terrorism was from the 1870s to the 1920s. ...

External links

  • Anarchists at the Internet Movie Database
  • CineClick Asia Anarchists synopsis, review, trailer, and cast information.
  • Cinequest Review of Anarchists and cast information.

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The anarchists had refused to compromise, refused to join the government, refused to be elected or barter for transitory “improvements.” They had called for the people to install themselves in power, to seize the lands of the Church and other large landowners, take over the factories, and open those that were closed.
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However, while the five anarchists soon prove their bravery in a series of terrorist actions against Japanese occupation forces, most of the rebels have embraced a socialist political philosophy, and when the anarchists refuse to follow suit, they are forced to strike out on their own.
One scene between the anarchists and their founder also touches on the relationship between anarchists and socialists, and the turmoil that occurred among political factions after the Russian Revolution of 1917, as a result of which many anarchists became socialists and anarchism as a movement began to see a decline in Asia.
The willingness to accept anarchists as positive historical figures may be owed to the fact that "terrorism" as practiced by anarchists in Europe and the US never caught on in Asia, and today anarchism is a relatively unknown philosophy in East Asian countries.
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