The daily 9 to 5 grind has seldom seemed so unrelenting as in this compelling study of Korea’s working class. Sanda chronicles the lives of a group of middle-aged workers for Korea Telecom, all of whom have suffered a great deal of hardship throughout their career. They refused the company’s demand for early retirement and, as revenge, the company transferred them to remote regions, assigned them unusually difficult tasks, and systematically bullied them.
The workers defy the company’s vindictive actions, singing and shouting their way through various protests and disrupting corporate events. Rather than just surviving their job, they focus on living a joyful life full of dancing and travelling.
Renowned director Kim Mi-Re’s timely documentary serves as a window into the labour movement of contemporary Korea as well as the surprisingly prolific Korean protest culture.