By Ruslan PAK

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Drama - Completed 2011

Stas, a young Korean of the third generation in Uzbekistan, and his three friends try more or less successfully to escape from the gloomy life in Tashkent, either through drug addiction, death or emigration.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2011
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 82 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ruslan PAK
    • Writer(s)
    • Ruslan PAK
    • Producer(s)
    • Ellen Y. D. KIM (Zamie Pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • Stas is a young Korean-Uzbek, who is the third generation of Koreans who were deported from the Far East of the Soviet Union under Stalin. He and his three friends–Kasoy, Shin and Said- hang out cheerfully at the garage in Tashkent where Stas is working. While they try heroin for the first time, they hear the news that brother of Kasoy is attacked by Uzbek gang robbers in their taxi. In the action of revenge on the leader of the gang-Maha, Kasoy got killed by him.
      6 winters have passed. Stas become a police detective. Said, a drug addict, lies to his neighbors to get small money to buy drugs. And Shin is a student in Korea. Stas performs his task successfully by catching some drug dealers, and find Maha among the dealers. But the corrupted captain releases Maha and gives Stas some money as bonus. And his friend Said commits ‘sweet suicide’ by overdose and vodka. FrustratedStasthrows the money and his detective badge at the captain, and walks away with the ‘evidence’, 1 kg of Heroin.
      1 years later, Stas is at the bottom of his life. He is a drug addict. He lies to his neighbors as Said once did. While begging for heroin to a seller with insufficient money, he finds out it was Maha who were always behind the door selling him the drugs. Stas climbs a snow covered mountain alone. He spends days and nights to be born again off the drugs.
      Stas works again in the garage in Tashkent. Shin appears with his car. Shin is now successful in Korea, and tells Stas to come over to Korea. Can it be Hanaan for him, a Land of Promise?