The King’s Letters is a historical film about King Sejong who risked everything of his to invent the Hunminjungeum (Korean Script) for his people and the people who weren’t recorded in history.
- Movie: The King’s Letters (English title)
- Revised romanization: Naratmalssami
- Hangul: 나랏말싸미
- Director: Jo Chul Hyun
- Writer: Lee Song Won, Jo Chul Hyun
- Producer: Sung Chang Yeon, Oh Seung Hyun
- Cinematographer: Kim Tae Kyung
- Release Date: July 24, 2019
- Runtime: 110 min.
- Distributor: Megabox Plus M
In the late 1430s and early 1440s, a certain Korean scholar embarked on a massively ambitious project, working almost single-handedly and spurred on largely by personal interest. Although the Korean language had existed for almost 1,500 years, it had never had its own dedicated writing system. Korean writers had long tended to rely on Chinese writing, which was logographic—that is, it was a system of symbols that stood for concepts. Adapting the Chinese characters to Korean meant borrowing some Chinese symbols because of the way they were pronounced, and others because of the concept they conveyed. (Source: damninteresting)
King Sejong desires to create an original alphabet for his people. With the help of others, they struggle to create the Korean alphabet Hangul.