Arirang (lost Korean silent film; 1926)
Arirang (아리랑) is a 1926 Korean film. This film was directed by Na Un-gyu who also starred in the lead role. Its title refers to a traditional Korean song of the same name.
This film is about Yeong-jin, a young man who has become mentally ill after being imprisoned and tortured by the Japanese police, because he protested against their occupation of Korea. He comes back to his family home to live with his father and sister. Yeong-hui, his sister, is raped by O Gi-ho, a pro-Japanese collaborator. Yeong-jin suffers from hallucinations and in blind fury kills O Gi-ho with a sickle. He comes back to his senses, but is taken away by the Japanese police.
The film is known, like many other silent Korean films, to likely be lost permanently in the destruction of the Korean War.
In 2005, there was a rumor that the film could be found in a recently deceased Japanese film collector's collection, but no further news was heard of these developments.
- IMDb page on the film. Retrieved 08 Sept '17.
- Details lost status of film. Retrieved 08 Sept '17.
- Details prospect of finding the lost film. Retrieved 08 Sept '17.
- Korea Herald article on the film. Retrieved 11 Jun '19
- Article on Arirang. Retrieved 11 Jun '19
- An archive of an article that states that the film was rumored to be found in a collection. Retrieved 11 Jun '19