Souls Protest

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Souls Protest
Chosŏn'gŭl 살아있는 령혼[1]
Hancha 살아있는
McCune–Reischauer Sara-innŭn ryŏnghondŭl
Revised Romanization Sara-inneun ryeonghondul
Directed by Kim Chun-song
Starring Chul Kim
Kim Ryon-hwa
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
100 minutes
Country North Korea
Language Korean

Souls Protest (Chosŏn'gŭl살아있는 령혼들; literally "Living Souls") is a 2000 North Korean film directed by Kim Chun-song. The film is an epic dramatisation of the Ukishima Maru incident in which hundreds of Koreans were killed when the ship was sunk by a mysterious explosion, and supports the Korean view that the explosion was deliberately set off by the ship's Japanese crew. It has been dubbed as "Korea's Titanic".[2]

Souls Protest was imported to South Korea by Narai Film, a Seoul-based film trader, and was approved for release after five minutes of footage was cut which showed jubliant Koreans crediting Kim Il-sung with liberating Korea from Japanese colonial rule. The film was shown intact, however, for its Seoul premiere on 24 August 2001, the 56th anniversary of the incident. One survivor of the incident, Lee Chul-woo, said of the film: "I didn't like the propaganda stuff about Kim Il Sung... But the scene about the explosion was so real, and it is laudable for North Korea to make a movie about this incident."[3]

Souls Protest was later screened at the 2003 Jeonju International Film Festival.[4]


  1. ^ The South Korean spelling 살아있는 영혼들 is more common online. See dueum beopchik for details on this orthographical difference.
  2. ^ Parry, Richar Lloyd. "Asia Times: Korea rallys round Kim Jong II's 'Titanic' tale of slave ship sinking". The Independent, 24 August 2001. Retrieved on 27 October 2008.
  3. ^ Choe, Sang-Hun. "Payment, film revive WWII ship tragedy". The Seattle Times, 25 August 2001. Retrieved on 27 October 2008.
  4. ^ Kim Tae-jong. "North Korean Film on Tokto to Screen". HanCinema, 12 April 2005; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved on 27 October 2008.

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