From 4.3 to Gangjeong

A Collection of Movies and Books upon the 65th anniversary of 4.3
  • A writing and photos by Cho Sung-Bong, director of the 4.3 movie, "Red Hunt" (1998)

  • A heckberry in front of the Darangshi village that was burnt to the ground during the 4.3 period (photo by Cho Sung-Bong)

  • The main land riot police marching under cherry tress, Gangjeong (Photo by Cho Sung-Bong)

  • Above: A joint investigation team researching on the remains discovered in the Darangshi Oreum in 1992 Below:The US military government of Korea and ROK military- police jointly set up operations for the subjugation of armed guerrillas.

  • "Jiseul," movie (Dir. O Muel), winner of the Sundance Film Festival" (Image: Indiespace)

  • Hawaii Premiere of 'Jiseul,'winner of the Sundance Film Festival" World Cinema Grand Jury Prize"

  • A poster of "Jeju prayer(Binyom)" movie by Dir. Im Heung-Soon, which connects the 4.3 and Gangjeong

  • Camellia flowers in the Netgiriso, Gangjeong (Photo by Cho Sung-Bong)

  • The poster of "Red Hunt," a 4.3 documentary by Dir. Cho Sung-Bong, 1998

  • Camellia flowers in the Netgiriso, Gangjeong (Photo by Cho Sung-Bong)

  • “You, Gangjeong: Writers Fall in Love with Jeju,” a book written by 43 writers with photos by 7 photographers

  • "You, Gangjeong: Writers Fall in Love with Jeju,”: Peace Book concerts (April 3, 8)

  • "Gangjeong is the 4.3," a poetry book by 4.3 poet, Kim Kyung-Hoon, 2011

  • Yes, ‘A True Peace’ Now: Events on the 65th anniversary of the Jeju 4.3 uprising (April 1 to 6 )

  • Regis Tremblay film image, "Jeju in the Crosshairs of War"

  • Regis Tremblay film image, "Jeju in the Crosshairs of War"

  • Regis Tremblay film, "Jeju in the Crosshairs of War"

65th anniversary of 4.3 massacre is approaching. There will be the 4.3 remembering events from April 1 to 6. The photos here are collection of photos on the 4.3 movies and books.

Recently Director Cho Sung-bong’s writing and photos were published with the title of “From 4.3 to Gangjeong: A letter of an independent film director from Jeju” on Cine 21 magazine, No. 896.

In the article, he is looking back the past days that his film on 4.3 massacre ‘Red Hunt‘ was premiered secretly in the basement of a small cathedral in Jeju on a rainy spring day in 1998. The premiere was possible only in a small cathedral or by students association, as the film was regarded as ‘the material of expression for the benefit of the enemy’ and he himself was charged as violating the national security law.

15 years have passed…He was invited to Gangjeong village to show the Red Hunt film in 2011 and since then he has been staying in Gangjeong for the past three years.

And this year, he paid tributes to two films on 4.3. One is ‘Jiseul (directed by O Muel),’ a feature film that got the Sundance Grand Jury Prize on Jan. 27, 2013 (To be coincident on the same day of the 8th anniversary of the Jeju designated as the Peace Island) and the other is ‘Jeju Prayer (Binyom),’ (directed by Im Heung Soon), an art documentary that connected the Jeju, 4.3, 1948 and Gangjeong, 2013, for the first time:

“It is near a miracle that one can see two 4.3 movies a year. Those are the long documentaries titled ‘Jiseul’ and ‘Jeju prayer.’ The heated audience response on ‘Jiseul,’ that has already opened is writing the independent movie, again.”

Otherwise, there will be the book concerts on April 3rd and April 8, in celebration of a book, “You, Gangjeong,” that was written by 43 Korean and put with the photos of seven photographers.

A Jeju 4.3 poet, Kim Kyung-Hoon has already published a book titled, “Gangjeong is the 4.3” in November, 2011.

The historic link between 4.3 and Gnagjeong will be more intensified. This year, we will see another movie  made by Regis Tremblay. The “Jeju: In the Cross hairs of War,”is a ‘documentary about Jeju Islanders opposing the construction of a massive naval base to serve America’s militaristic “pivot to Asia” in order to check China.’ Please support the film.


‘Jiseul’ (2013) music clip (See the English article on ‘Jiseul’ here)


(Summary by Regina Pyon and Sung-Hee Choi)