Korean Cinema Recommendation : A Coachman (Mabu, 마부) (1961)

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Have you heard about Korean cinema called “A Coachman (Mabu)”?

It’s a dubbed black-and-white film from 1961, and Korea’s first film to win the award at one of the world’s three major movie festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin). It won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize at the 11th Berlin International Film Festival in 1961. ????

The film thoroughly captures the daily lives of ordinary people. It is about a single father, who is a poor coachman with four children struggling with own trouble. The eldest daughter who has a speech disorder is married to a violent man and gets beaten every day. The eldest son is preparing for law school but fails the test three times. The third daughter dreams of a higher social position, and the youngest son is still a student and causes trouble.

We personally loved watching this movie as it depicts what life was in Korea in the post-war period, when there were both coachmen and bus drivers.

  • Release year : 1961
  • Director : Dae-jin Kang
  • Screen time : 95 minutes
  • Genre : Drama
  • Rated R

You can watch it on YouTube for free with English subtitles! Check below and enjoy!

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