Salangeul chajaseo

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Salangeul chajaseo (In Search of Love)
SarangEul Chaseo (1928).jpg
Na Woon-gyu in Salangeul chajaseo (In Search of Love) (1929)
Hangul
Revised Romanization Sarangeul chajaseo
McCune–Reischauer Sarang ŭl ch‘ajasŏ
Directed by Na Woon-gyu
Produced by Na Woon-gyu
Written by Na Woon-gyu
Starring Na Woon-gyu
Lee Geum-ryong
Jeon Ok
Yun Bong-chun
Cinematography Lee Chang-yong
Edited by Na Woon-gyu
Distributed by Na Woon-gyu Productions
Release dates
  • April 10, 1929 (1929-04-10)
Running time (1,512 ft)
Country Korea
Language Silent film
Korean intertitles
Budget 3,500 won

Salangeul chajaseo (사랑을 찾아서) (In Search of Love, or Looking For Love) is a 1929 Korean film written, directed, produced, edited by and starring Na Woon-gyu (1902-1937). The film premiered at the Choseon Theater in April, 1929. More than one thousand extras from Na's hometown Hoeryong were employed in the filming of Salangeul chajaseo, making the film into a symbolic epic national exodus as a protest against the Japanese occupation of Korea. Originally entitled Crossing the Duman River (두만강을 건너서), the film was banned and censored by the Japanese occupying authorities after its first showing. Popular demand caused it to be re-released, though in a heavily edited form, and renamed In Search of Love. As with the vast majority of Korean films of this era, Salangeul chajaseo is a lost film.

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The plot concerns three characters who have lost hope in continuing their lives in Korea—Kokosu (Lee Geum-ryong), an old man who has lost his farmland; Dong-min (Na Woon-gyu); and Jong-hui (Jeong Ok), who had been betrayed by her boyfriend. Kokosu had been a bugler in the Korean military during the last days of the Joseon Dynasty. Seeking a better life in Manchuria, the three are attacked by bandits and the Japanese while attempting to cross the ice-covered Duman River which borders Korea and Manchuria. With his last breath, Kokosu blows the army bugle he had carried with him all his life. Dong-min takes the bugle and continues playing it.

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