[LETTERS to the editor]Is there really a spirit of Hanbando?

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[LETTERS to the editor]Is there really a spirit of Hanbando?

I just watched the movie “Hanbando (The Korean Peninsula).” Some people judged it rather harshly but I think this was a well-made movie. Though fiction, it depicts the current situation on the Korean Peninsula well. Korea continues to confront friction with Japan. The U.S., China and Russia do not wholeheartedly support reunification between two Koreas. Yet, I found quite a big difference in the attitude of North Korea in reality and in the movie. It has launched missiles that not only pose a threat to Japan and South Korea, but to the U.S. as well. To make matters worse, North Korea gave a fatal blow to South Korean efforts to improve relations by cutting off family reunions already planned for Aug.15, Korean Liberation Day. It is beyond my understanding how it could inflict such pain based on its materialistic conditions, such as rice aid from the South. This decision worsened the pain equally to South Koreans and North Koreans. The movie implies the spirit of nationalism. Do they in the North truly know the spirit of Hanbando, or are they just using it as another “card” to demand more?

by Hwang Seung-eun
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