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Ro Gi Wan (2024)

Drama | 131 minutes
3,38 13 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 131 minuten

Alternative titles: My Name Is Loh Kiwan / 로기완

Country: South Korea

Directed by: Kim Hee Jin

Stars: Song Joong-ki, Jo Han-chul and Kim Sung-ryung

IMDb score: 6,7 (2.986)

Releasedate: 29 February 2024


Ro Gi Wan plot

North Korean defector Loh Kiwan escapes China and sets out to fulfill his mother's dying wish: find a place where he can live on his own terms. He travels to Belgium to apply for refugee status, but ultimately ends up in limbo, with no means to support himself and no roof over his head. Then he meets Marie. They begin to become attracted to each other because of their shared experiences and emotions.

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avatar van BBarbie


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The adventures of a North Korean defector who ends up lost in Brussels, where he is anything but warmly received. In an almost hostile environment, he discovers love for a young woman who is, if possible, in even worse shape than himself. A fascinating drama with excellent acting from the protagonists Joong-ki Song and Sung-eun Choi.

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Fisico (moderator films)

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As far as I know, there is no large (North) Korean community in Belgium or Brussels. The film makes it seem like it is taking place in Brussels, but you don't get that feeling at all. I did recognize the Klein Kasteeltje, which is the first registration and registration point for refugees in Belgium.

In that respect it is quite an unusual film. We follow Ki-wan, a North Korean on the run who tries to build a better life in Belgium. A typical refugee story with a lot of loneliness, homelessness and struggle for survival.

Interesting in itself. I found the girlfriend's subplot less interesting, with a detour into the crime scene. Wasn't necessary for me at all.

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knuppel ihhh

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I compare this film a bit with American slave films where the slaves are beautiful muscular actors with white teeth and the slave mixers are dirty white men with long, greasy hair and bad teeth who do nothing but abuse slaves. Loh Kiwan ends up in a world where it is always night or at least dark and everyone in Brussels is either drunk, involved in criminal activity or a human trafficker. The scene with the man who falls with his hand into the glass is cringeworthy.....

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