It's Monday and to start the new week with our regular arts and culture segment, we have Michelle Kim here with us now. Today I hear she has a few movie previews for us and a sneak peek at a new magic show.
[Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul
So, tell us about the movie previews you have for us today.
[Reporter : ] Well, Korean theaters are flooded with films based on true stories. These films show the sad past and harsh reality of Korean society in order to raise questions about the era we live in now.
Democracy activist Kim Geun-tae is the subject of the new film "National Security," which is based on the memoir he wrote before his death in 2011.
Kim was kidnapped and then tortured for 22 days in 1985 during the Chun Doo-hwan regime.
The majority of the film takes place in a single room in a secret government institution in Namyeong-dong, where many people were tortured during the authoritarian era.
Director Chung Ji-young has said he made the film to raise awareness about this painful part of Korea's past and show how torture affects both the tortured and the torturer.
The film "Don't Cry Mommy" tells a story of rape to right a wrong in society.
The film follows the story of a mother who takes revenge against the group of boys who raped her only daughter.
Filmmaker Kim Yong-han has said that he made the film to raise awareness about the Korean law on sex crimes, which has no clear regulations for underage perpetrators who commit rape.
The film "Juvenile Offender" tackles another social issue: teen pregnancy.
It tells the story of a young teen named Jang Ji-gu, who runs with a rough crowd of boys and is caught stealing one day.
As the child of an absent mother who lives with his sick grandfather, he doesn't have anyone to advocate for him.
So while his friends get lighter sentences, he is thrown into juvenile detention.
The film takes aim at Korea's social structure, which often casts the underprivileged as bad people, not because they did something wrong, but because there's no one to help them out.