Movies like 1987: When the Day Comes

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1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
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1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
Original name: 1987
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, captivating, suspense, disturbing
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: historical event, democracy, protest, torture, police brutality, political corruption, interrogation, cover up, police, death, brutality, corruption, murder, society, police investigation, disorder, youth, violence, danger, communism, student protest, military dictatorship, anti communist, korean history
Time: 80s
Place: south korea, seoul

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