01. The Street of Sun (Tae-yang-ui geo-li) Min Kyoung-sik, 1952
THE STREET OF SUN(Min Kyoung-sik, 1952)
Dae-sik Moon, an elementary school teacher who started for his new post in Daegu, a war shelter at that time encountered Dori’s brother who was fighting in the town and Bok-hee, his older sister who was stopping him from fighting. Actually, they are friends who enjoyed the schooldays together. The Dori’s family who had lived well in Seoul came down to Daegu to find a shelter, but they were all suffering from difficulties in their lives; his aged mother was seriously ill and his older brother was a jobless thug, and Bok-hee worked at a Noodle restaurant. Then one day, an incident occurred that Dori's older brother was transported to the police station arrested by a policeman for stealing money. After deciding to take care of the hopeless Dori’s family, Dae-sik powerfully walked to school with the children through the sun shining street.
▶ THE STREET OF SUN is a film produced in 1952 during the Korean War. A total of 14 films are reported to be produced during the Korean War, but almost of them have not been found so far; this film is the only existing work. In June 2012, staffs of Korean Film Archive visited the bereaved family of Director Min living in Daegu and found a 16mm negative film of THE STREET OF SUN that had been kept deep inside the wardrobe rolled up with a newspaper. However, unfortunately the sound film was not found yet. At last, the film started to receive preservation treatment in March 2013 only after nine months through a long-winded persuasion of the bereaved family, and it was released to the public on June 25, 2013 after passing through digital restoration.
Jeon Taek-yi and Noh Jae-sin, the best actors of those days acted in the movie, and Park Am made his debut as a movie actor since he graduated from the Dental University in 1948. THE STREET OF SUN describes the friendship of the children through a newly appointed elementary school teacher and the hopes to sort out the mess of the Korean War such as the act of stealing by hardships of life.