So I'm gonna take this one seriously.
CART is a Korean movie which was based on a true story. Meaning, it really happened. On 2007, cashiers of the supermarket chain E.Land Mart Retail indeed formed a union and staged rallies after being dismissed from their work unjustly. The protest went on for 510 days.
I don't know if the side stories were actually true but the huge possibility is there. Every person struggling has a story to tell, after all.
I have to admit that it was because of Do Kyungsoo which made me watch it. I loved his performance in It's Okay, It's Love so I thought that I should give this one a chance. The fact that it premiered on renowned film fests like the Busan International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival (and soon on the Hawaii International Film Festival) was a major contributing factor to my interest.
Surely, it didn't disappoint.
With its true-to-life plot, CART indeed revealed a side of the nation which we, foreigners, do not always pay attention to. Admittedly, I've always seen South Korea as one of the most perfect countries in Asia with the most attractive culture and traditions; but movies like this convince me that I'm mistaken.
Because at the end of the day, no country is perfect. Each has their own skeletons hidden in their closet, waiting to be revealed perhaps in an artistic manner like this. The film, talking about ongoing injustice, imprints a lasting lesson that people need to learn how to fight for their rights, no matter how impossible it may seem.
Naturally, I tried to found all the shooting locations but I guess, ID-ing for Korean movies is much more difficult than finding Korean drama filming locations. Anyway, here are what I found:
Guam Middle School
57 Seonghyun-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
(서울 관악구 성현로 57)
It's such a shame that I AM TOTALLY UNSURE ABOUT THE FIRST LOCATION.
Yeah, but there's a huge possibility that the scene was indeed filmed here.
I did my research. Hopefully, it was correct.
2. TAEYONG'S PART TIME JOB
40 Dosandaero-27gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
(서울 강남구 도산대로27길 40)
This IGA Mart in Apgujeong-dong is where Taeyong worked for his part time job.
The street you see on the first picture is the exact street where you will see the convenience store.
3. THE HOSPITAL
20 Sinjeongipen-1ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
(서울 양천구 신정이펜1로 20)
Remember when the police charged the workers and destroyed their tents? When the child was hit by the falling metal rods? So yeah, this was where they brought him.
4. THE RESTAURANT WHERE THEY ATE AFTER THE POLICE STATION SCENE
11 Jungrim-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
(서울 중구 중림로 11)
There were two things that happened in this restaurant: the meeting of the union members, and when Taeyong ate dinner with his classmate and mother after the police station scene. This was like the venue for an important scene mainly because it was about the reconciliation of mother and son. It was where Taeyong fully understood what's happening with his mother. The giving of support happened later on. ^^
I know this post seems so biased especially because I've always been open about being an EXO-L too. LOL. But hopefully, you find it interesting. I had a great, albeit tiring, time finding these filming locations so I hope you'll credit me when you take it out.
Again, I do not assure 100% accuracy but as I always say, Seoul is a beautiful to get lost in. That is why many people travel to Seoul. It's up to you if you're willing to take the risk. ^^
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