Goryeojang a.k.a. Burying Old Alive

  • Dir: Kim Ki-Young

  • South Korea, 1963, 88 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Kim Jin-kyu, Joo Jeung-nyeo, Lee Ye-choon

In certain societies, when parents reach old age, their children must leave them to die in the mountains. Set at a time when such a custom was practiced, Kim’s unsettling, decades-spanning epic calls to mind The Ballad of Narayama, exposing the worst of human nature in a rural village torn by family grudges, poverty, prolonged famine, and an irrational pursuit of the shamanistic. A prime example of Kim’s brilliance, which offers a glimpse of his perspective on the brutal and the grotesque. This brand new restoration offers textual descriptions of the long-lost 25 minutes, made from the screenplay, that completes the story.

Buil Film Awards : Best Film, Best Director and Best Art


In-theatre Screening


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