Escape from Mogadishu
DIRECTED BY: Ryoo Seung-wan
SCREENPLAY BY: Ryoo Seung-wan, Lee Gi-cheol
STARRING: Huh Joon-ho, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim So-jin, Joung Man-sik, Kim Jae-hwa, Park Gyeong-hye
RUN TIME: 121 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Korean with English subtitles
FESTIVAL SELECTIONS: New York Asian Film Festival 2021, Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival 2021
In the late 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, a diplomatic skirmish between North and South Korea breaks out on the African continent over the latter's campaign to join the United Nations.
In 1991, three years after the opening of a South Korean embassy, Somalia's capital Mogadishu is engulfed in civil war, leaving the South Korean diplomats trapped. The North Korean embassy, meanwhile, faces the same situation.
The diplomats of these two nations, who in the outside world are sworn enemies, become targets for the hails of bullets fired by both Somali government forces and the rebels in the chaos of civil war. Risking their lives, they embark on a joint escape.
"Propulsive and intelligently written" - Variety
"Propelled by a naturally cinematic true story, the thriller blends action with humor and heart to crowd-pleasing effect." - Deadline
“With stellar performances from everyone involved, it's easy to become wholly engaged by a blockbuster like Escape from Mogadishu." - Film Inquiry