The Attorney Depicts The Oppressive Representation Of South Korea 's Governance And Flawed Judicial System

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The film The Attorney depicts the oppressive representation of South Korea’s governance and flawed judicial system. The storyline centers on Chun Doo-hwan’s governance of South Korea. Most of the film outlines what became termed as the Burim Case, through which the main character Song Woo-seok redefined how those accused are represented in the court system. Analyzing the political situation, underlying themes, and the fictionalization of particular aspects of the film, one gains a comprehensive understanding of Korean politics.
Chun Doo-hwan’s rise to power sets the political tension that Song Woo-seok seeks to undermine in the film. Chun Doo-hwann’s predecessor Park Chung Hee “established tight control over society, the economy, and the press” (Hayes, 2012, p. 132). Which gave Chun Doo-hwan’s the political momentum following Park’s assassination in 1979. Chun’s “ violent confrontation with other military leaders from which [he] emerged, at the head of the Korean military… extended martial law. He declared himself president and was formally elected to that office. Political problems remained, and opposition to Chun’s authoritarian rule intensified” (Hayes, 2012, p. 133). The audience is able to identify Song Woo-seok’s motivation to take the case of the accused students with this underlying political oppression. This sets up the essential conflict in the film.
As the civil oppression of the Chun governance ensues, Song started on the path to become a lawyer in Busan.…

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