Filmmaker Lee Saang-woo offers a powerful look at one of the most controversial episodes of the Korean War in this wartime drama inspired by actual events. In June 1950, Bawulgol was a small and peaceful village in South Korea; while North and South Korea were at war, the fighting had yet to spread to the town and most of the residents didn't think much about it over the course of a day. That changes one day when American forces arrive and order the people of Bawulgol to leave, warning them that an escalation in fighting will likely mean a strike on the village in the near future. The citizens of Bawulgol dutifully pack up and leave, but the evacuation effort doesn't go as planned, and when they approach a bridge in nearby No Gun Ri, they're attacked by American troops who believe they're affiliated with the North Koreans. The No Gun Ri Massacre has been a matter of passionate debate among historians of the Korean Conflict; for years, the United State denied any attack took place, and though research decades later confirmed the incident did happen, some American sources claim no more than a handful of people were killed, while Korean authorities contend as many as three hundred South Korean civilians lost their lives. Jak-eun Yeon-mot (aka A Little Pond) received its North American premiere at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival.
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