Piagol was one of only 15 films released in 1955. Hindsight suggests this year as the beginning of a Golden Age, at least a remarkable decade and a half, for film in South Korea. While the best-known products of the post-Korean War cinema would be predominantly melodramas and/or period films, Piagol attempted something more challenging: a historically informed, though still anti-communist, representation of leftist partisan fighters left stranded in the South after the main phase of the war ended in stalemate and the Armistice of July 1953 confirmed the bloody status quo. (MM)

Director: Lee Kang-Cheon

Writer: Kim Jong-Hwan

Producer: Kim Byeong-Gi

Cast: Noh Gyeong-Hui, Lee Yea-Chun, Kim Jin-Kyu, Heo Chang-Kang

Production Company: Baek Ho Production

Rights Holder: Korean Film Archive

Drama, War / 1955 / 110 min / CERT. U / B&W / DCP / Original Format: 35mm

Selected Filmography

The Son of the General (1968)

The Long Nakdong River (1963)

The Country Left Behind (1962)

Heartlessness (1962)

A Love History (1960)

Life (1958)

Beat back (1956)

An Idiot Adada (1956)

Arirang (1954)