The Taebaek Mountains

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The Taebaek Mountains
The Taebaek Mountains.jpg
Poster to The Taebaek Mountains (1994)
Revised Romanization Taebaek Sanmaek
McCune–Reischauer T‘aebaeksanmaek
Directed by Im Kwon-taek
Produced by Lee Tae-won
Written by Cho Jeong-lae
Song Neung-han
Starring Ahn Sung-ki
Bang Eun-jin
Music by Kim Soo-chul
Cinematography Jung Il-sung
Edited by Park Sun-duk
Distributed by Taehung Pictures
Release dates
  • September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
Running time
168 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

The Taebaek Mountains (Hangul태백산맥; RRTaebaek Sanmaek) is a 1994 South Korean film directed by Im Kwon-taek.


The film originates from the great river story Taebaegsanmaek consisting of 10 volumes and is written by Cho Jeongrae. The story tries to describe and reveal a few generations-lasting conflicts between the haves (proprietors) and have-nots (peasants), which develop into right wings and left wings respectively. While revealing why and how the conflicts come about, the story depicts every corner of real life—romantic, shamanic, and Confucian aspects of the contemporaries. It provides a further insight into the politically controversial ideological issue on which the viewpoint is virtually hardened among over 40's in South Korea. This ideological issue survives even in the digital age to have a substantial effect on presidential elections. The author dares to show what the ideological conflict derives from and tries to describe it in detail and with artistic skill of commanding Korean colloquial language supplying its readers the true taste of Korean dialect expressions especially in its southern part Jeolla province.


Korean film scholar, Kim Kyung-hyun describes the reception of The Taebaek Mountains by South Korean audiences and critics as "lukewarm."[1]






  1. ^ Kim, Kyung-hyun (2004). "3. 'Is This How the War is Remembered?': Violent Sex and the Korean War in Silver Stallion, Spring in My Hometown, and The Taebaek Mountains". The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema. Durham and London: Duke University Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-8223-3267-1. 
  2. ^ Awards based on "Awards for Taebek sanmaek (1994)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-06.  and "The Taebaek Mountains: Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1995 Programme". Retrieved 2011-12-31. 


Preceded by
Blue Dragon Film Award for Best Film
Succeeded by
A Single Spark
Preceded by
Chunsa Film Art Awards for Best Film
Succeeded by
A Single Spark