Segments in this Video

Korean Way: First Six Months (05:42)


When Soviets invaded Korea on June 5, 1950, 16 nations responded to support South Korea. Archival film footage follows battle scenes from Pusan, Inchon, Seoul, and the march into North Korea.

Korean War: 1951-1953 (02:57)

This segment covers propaganda, MacArthur’s involvement, compromise between north and south, establishment of 38th Parallel, the armistice in 1953, and the DMZ.

Post-War North Korean Reconstruction (04:34)

Kim Il Sung’s personality cult spurs the reconstruction of North Korea, collectivization of work, and the transformation from agricultural to industrial nation. Education and the arts thrive, though the messages are mostly political.

Hostilities Between North and South Korea (01:41)

In South Korean, Kim Il Sung's effigy is burned by crowds who reject his pledge to unite the two Koreas under communism. Three North Korean infiltration tunnels have been discovered under the DMZ since 1974.

South Korea: Civil, Military, and Governmental Unrest (03:28)

In a period of general unrest, South Korea experiences student demonstrations and the resignation of the government. With the death of Park, tensions rise again, and the Korean army crushes a student revolt. The government resigns.

Political Unrest in South Korea (03:42)

This segment follows the political life of Kim Dae Jung and the formation of his Peace and Democracy Party.

1988 Olympics, President Bush's Visit to South Korea (02:51)

This segment traces North and South Korean differences about the 1988 Olympics, student dissidents, reunification, and President G.H.W. Bush's visit to South Korean. The DMZ is one of the last remnants of the Cold War.

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The Korean War

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This program provides a brief overview of the partitioning of Korea; the battles for Seoul, Inchon, and Pusan; the entry of Chinese troops into the war as United States marines approached the Manchurian border; General MacArthur’s famous speech to Congress; and the armistice at Panmunjom and the establishment of the demilitarized buffer zone. The program also shows the war’s aftermath in the North: the rebuilding of Pyongyang; the institution of Kim Il Sung’s personality cult, and his exhortation to achieve communism by undergoing cultural and technical revolutions and collectivizing labor; and North Korea today. In portraying South Korea, the program follows the parade of riots and assassinations as the country teetered between repression and promises of democracy. South Korea’s economy appears strong but precarious. And the buffer zone still stands—one of the last remaining monuments of the East-West confrontation. (30 minutes, b&w/color)

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL2585

Copyright date: ©1990

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