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May 18 (2007)
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May 18 (2007)
Original name: 화려한 휴가
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The citizens of Gwangju lead a relatively peaceful life, until one day the military takes over the city, accusing the residents of conspiracy and claiming that they are communist sympathisers preparing a revolution against the current government. Seeing as the soldiers beat defenceless people, mainly students, to death, the citizens are in for retaliation and form a militia.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching, disturbing
Plot: historical event, heroes, vigilantism, losing-it hero, crimes, revolution, politics, soldier, danger, political unrest, redemption, deadly, rivalry, assassination, state affairs, escapades, siblings relations, wooing, catastrophe, korean history, vengeance, vampire, forces of nature
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, south korea

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Duration: 119 min.
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Duration: 94 min.
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The Founding of a Republic (2009)
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Country: China
Duration: 138 min.
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O Jerusalem (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
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Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing
Plot: friendship, rebellion, military, politics, danger, rivalry, state affairs, political unrest, rebelliousness, battles, wartime life, uninhibited rivalry ...
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Duration: 102 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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