The Map Against the World 

(고산자, 대동여지도)

For the first time in his career, award-winning filmmaker Kang Woo-suk explores the historical genre with the poignant and beautifully lensed drama, The Map Against the World. Capturing Korea’s majestic landscapes across the seasons, this gem of a feature chronicles the true story of Kim Jeong-ho, a master craftsman who devoted his life to the creation of the Daedongyeojido, the first detailed map of Korea long lauded by historians as being astonishingly accurate, detailed and advanced for its time. Leading the film’s top tier cast is Cha Seung-won who has received rave reviews for his portrayal of a humble man who never gave up in the face of adversity.

Late 1800s. Joseon Dynasty. Due to an erroneous map a group of men, including Kim Jeong-ho’s father, perishes whilst travelling through one of country’s remote mountainous regions.  

Years later Kim (Cha), a cartographer, sets out on a long journey across the Korean peninsula recording its topography which he vows to make accessible to ordinary people. Leaving his family behind, his expedition is beset with difficulties and life threatening danger. People label him crazy but driven by the memory of his father he’s determined to succeed.

Finally, he completes his journey and a map, known as the Daedongyeojidoor The Great Map of the East Landis finally produced. Yet, before being able to fulfil his promise and bring his life’s work to the people, the king’s father Daewongun (Yu Jun-sang) demands the drawings in order to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with the Andong Kim clan.



Cha Seung-Won, Yu Jun-Sang, Kim In-Kwon, Nam Ji-Hyun  

Director: Kang Woo-suk 
Duration (min) :

120min (TBC), Th/ Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Language: Korean

Chinese & English/English





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