Korean Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in High School (말죽거리 잔혹사)

Once Upon a Time in High School takes place in 1978, at a highschool that  is notorious for its severe corporal punishment by teachers and power struggles between school gangs. Watch the review!

Release Year: 2004

Genre: Drama 

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Directed by: Yu Ha (유하)


Sang Wu Kweon (권상우)

Ga In Han (한가인)

Jeong Jin Lee (이정진)


5 thoughts on “Korean Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in High School (말죽거리 잔혹사)

  1. OK this is kind of random and not related to your post – but one of my friends keeps mentioning this Korean movie called Bronze Medalist. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere back here, but I was just wondering if you have seen or heard about it.

  2. Just watched your review and liked it very much. OUaTiHS is an old favorite of mine (which I’ve screened for friends on one of my impromptu ‘Korean Movie Nights’^). Loved all the visual bells and whistles you’ve got on it, too. I never used to care about South Korean movies, or anything SK really, until I finally was persuaded to watch ‘장화, 홍련’ (A Tale of Two Sisters, 2003 ver.) a few years ago and became a convert; not only did I start collecting K-movies, I’ve since become a fan of K-pop, too! Glad to have found a fellow cinephile in SK.

    • Thanks! And yes, A Tale of Two Sisters was one of the first Korean movies I saw. That lured me in initially, and then I moved on to see Korean dramas once I knew I was coming to Korea. What’s your all time fav Korean movie and K-pop star?

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