Tiger Spirit

2008 ,    » 7 Comments

Tiger SpiritKorea is a divided nation. The psychic scar shared by millions of people, separated from their families during the Korean War in the 1950s, is symbolized by the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing communist North from capitalist South.

Here, along this infamous border, award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee sets out on a revelatory, emotion-charged journey into Korea's broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Tiger Spirit begins in the Korean foothills, where the filmmaker joins former TV videographer Lim Sun Nam in his obsessive quest to prove tigers still live in the DMZ's swath of wilderness.

A powerful symbol of resilience in Korean mythology, the tiger once roamed the peninsula but is thought extinct in the region. Lim believes finding the tiger will reconnect Koreans to their spirit and fuel the reunification train.

But a tiger's stripes extend beyond its fur. Inspired by her desire to understand the country she left as a child when her family moved to Canada, Lee takes us deeper than symbols, asking the crucial question - how will the two Koreas be put back together?

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Ratings: 7.00/10 from 7 users.

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Guest

    NFB never dissapoint!
    What an amazing documentary, the idea of a pregnant woman wanting to find the thread that holds her baby to her past.
    Loved it!
    Take note: the actual doc only last 34 minutes, the rest of the time is empty as it is of an other film unavailable at the moment.

  2. dewflirt
  3. dewflirt

    Hey Az, can I just ditto your comment please? :)

  4. rawbot
  5. rawbot

    I also enjoyed it quite a bit. I would like to point out though, that it is precisely as long as it states (73 minutes or so).

    There are some scenes at the end (the footage of separated families reuniting) that really got me thinking how much do the North Koreans really believe in the propaganda they've been served for their whole lives.. Or is it just the insurmountable fear for their (and their relatives) lives and the constant brainwashing that paralyzes them that much that they just don't imagine letting their true feelings and thoughts out. I remember having the same questions when watching another doc here on TDF (the one with german doctors operating on thousands of North Koreans, can't remember the title right now).

  6. Guest
  7. Guest

    You are irght, that's so weird. Watching the doc i took many brakes as i was doing something else at the same time. When the doc ended i could swear it was showing it had reached 34 minutes and the rest showed, doc not available.
    Now i am puzzled by what i saw then...i just checked and it does go to 74...
    mystery of mysteries!
    I agree a lot of fear seem to be running the show.

  8. davy11
  9. davy11

    its a crazy world we live in. nicely made doc, a good watch

  10. Arcot Murali
  11. Arcot Murali

    Few political people make humanity suffer in this world. Fact

  12. christina
  13. christina

    This was really moving.

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