The Murmuring (낮은 목소리) (1995)

17th November 2019
Sunday 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Oldham Theatre


Director: Byun Young Joo
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Rating: NC16 (Some nudity)

One of the most acclaimed Korean documentaries, The Murmuring is the first film in director Byun Young-joo’s trilogy on the past and present lives of Korean women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during WWII. It portrays their struggle to overcome the sense of shame that had been planted in them and reinforced by an unsympathetic public. Instead of allowing this neglected part of Korean history to fade away, they lead weekly protests outside the Japanese embassy to push for a formal apology and compensation from the Japanese government. Over the years, Byun’s films have significantly aided these efforts. This, her first feature, was also the first local documentary to acquire a major theatrical release in Korea.

To Note:
– All film screenings are held at Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.
– Tickets can be purchased at the Oldham Theatre Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
– Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), and Senior Citizens (55 years old and above) only.
– Please check the film rating before purchase of tickets. Please note that you may be asked to present your ID at the door (this applies to concession tickets as well).