Synopsis

What is life like for a Korean high school student?

In sixty short years, South Korea went from being one of the poorest countries in Asia to having the world's 13th largest economy. Korean students have some of the highest test scores in the world, and a higher rate of acceptance into American Ivy Leagues than any other foreign country. But Korea also leads the world in two not quite so stunning ways- the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita, and a higher suicide rate than any other developed nation.

So. What's life like for a Korean student? In one of the most competitive societies in the world, how does one find their place? What does it take to achieve your aspirations and goals? Our documentary will take a look at the lives of five Korean teenagers on the verge of either reaching- or losing- their dreams. The film will follow the students during the most stressful time of their lives- their last year of high school. After studying for roughly sixteen hours each day, their futures boil down to one last exam. On the second Thursday of November, thousands of high school seniors will take a nine hour test that for many, will determine their economic and social status for the rest of their lives.

Introducing Sunung

What is life like for a Korean high school student?

10th and 11th graders come to cheer on their Senior classmates outside the school gates the morning before the biggest exam of their lives—Sunung.

3,000 Bows for the Exam

What is life like for a Korean high school student?

Buddhist parents praying for their children's success in the upcoming College Entrance Exam. In a special ceremony that begins at 6 PM and lasts until four in the morning, devoted parents complete three thousand bows.

Meet the Students

What is life like for a Korean high school student?

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