South Korean cinematography has pampered us on multiple occasions with wonderful stories of all genres. However, there is one that portrays a painful and terrible subject in any country and any language. which was Child sexual abuse.
The 2013 film ‘Hope’ has provoked painful moments and uncontrolled tears in its viewers due to its impact and the brutal way the story is portrayed. And the worst thing is that the movie “Hope” is based on a Ture story.
It was in December 2008, when the 8-year-old girl named Nayoung, to hide her real name, went to school like every day, when a 57-year-old man named Cho Doo Soon kidnapped and dragged her to a public bathroom in a church in that area.
The man repeatedly abused Nayoung, severely beat her, tried to strangle her, and then plunged her into a toilet bowl to drown her.
Cho Doo Soon abandoned the little girl, believing that she had died when she lost consciousness. Nayoung, however, was found and taken to a hospital, where she had to undergo emergency surgery.
Nayoung suffered irreversible damage to his genitals, anus, and intestines, so for life he would have to use a bag for his waste.
In addition, the 8-year-old girl was subjected to lengthy interrogations four times by incompetent investigators.
The little girl was forced to relive the trauma several times, while being interrogated in front of other patients in the hospital while sitting, despite her terrible injuries.
The interview had to be conducted again in court because the subjects did not know how to use the recording equipment. Such acts caused outrage among the family, so they proceeded to sue him.
The attacker was captured three days later thanks to a security camera, which managed to capture the moment in which the subject intercepted her and disappeared with her.
When investigations into Cho Doo Soon began, it turned out that the subject had about 17 counts of sexual assault, in addition to having served a three-year sentence for rape in 1980.
Nayoung’s case was known throughout the country, which unleashed the dignity of Korean society, so a petition was initiated to the Blue House, requesting the death penalty for the aggressor. It gathered 400 signatures. Meanwhile, the court was asking for life imprisonment.
However, neither conviction. He was initially given only 15 years in prison, but because they alleged that Choo Doo Soon acted under the influence of alcohol and was allegedly unaware of his actions, his sentence was reduced by three more years.
12 years in prison. That was Cho Doo Soon’s punishment for abusing, beating, attempting to murder, and destroying the lives of a girl and her family.
Later, Cho Doo Soon was released on December 13, 2020.
‘Hope’, a film directed by Lee Joon Ik and based on Nayoung’s heartbreaking story, is a disturbing, painful, and powerful audiovisual piece that portrays situations in society that are sometimes invisible to our eyes, as well as the support and hope that can be born after a painful moment.
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