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Gokseong Invasion

Saving a rural school in Gokseong with a Seoul student exchange program led to unexpected chaos, but also taught valuable lessons of coexistence for 2 kids from different worlds!

Korea's aging and low birth rate is a serious issue, but a small elementary school in rural Gokseong had an idea to save it. They recruited Seoul exchange students to prevent closure, but the unintended consequences were hilariously unpredictable. Witness the tale of 'country mouse and city mouse' as they coexist in one classroom!

  • SangWook Park
  • Jaeyeon Lee
  • Jeonghoon Cho
  • Yunjung Lee
  • Yeonjin Jeong
  • Heonmin Choi
  • Daehyoung Cho
    Sound Recordist
  • Yumi Lee
    Original Music
  • Jiyee Hong
  • Eunseo Hwang
    Subtitle Design
  • Hyejin Park
  • Mihyang Kim
  • Sangdon Joo
    Assistant Directors
  • Hakwon Lee
    Assistant Directors
  • Hyanggi Kim
  • Eunhyuk
    Key Cast
    "Gokseong boy"
  • Jisan
    Key Cast
    "Seoul boy"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Gokseong Chimgong
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Youth-growth, Student exchange program, Urban-Rural Disparity
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
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  • Student Project:
  • Prix Italia
    October 5, 2023
    World Premiere
    IFAD-COPEAM awards - special mention
Distribution Information
  • KBS Media
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - SangWook Park

Park joined KBS in 2011. He has created various documentaries and current affairs, cultural programs at Production unit and Local center at Chuncheon.
<Awards> Special Jury Award winner At the Houston International Film Festival. The winner of the Korea Communications Standards Commission's Good Program of the Month Award.

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Director Statement

At first, I tried to deal with the problem of local extinction and population decline. However, as the filming progressed, I interviewed Eunhyuk, and Eunhyuk confessed that he hated Seoul children. At the moment when Eunhyuk poured out completely unexpected remarks, the main character, storytelling method, and composition of this program all changed in my head. Before Eunhyuk's interview, it looked like Gokseong and Seoul kids were getting along so well. Rather, I was worried that I only saw the good parts of studying in rural areas. But the moment I found out what Eunhyuk really felt, I found an even more important story.