Starring: Ji Jin Hee, Yum Hung Ah
Director: Im Sang Soo
Studio: Enter One
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About This DVD
Undoubtedly one of the most interesting filmmakers working in Korea today, Lim Sang Soo has never shirked from pushing buttons and challenging conventions. His previous film, the controversial The President's Last Bang about the 1979 assassination of Park Chung Hee, experienced brushes with the censors, whereas his third film, A Good Lawyer's Wife, provided a devastatingly honest look at modern marriage. Based on Hwang Suk Yeong's bestselling novel, Lim's latest film The Old Garden, set in the politically turbulent 1980s and a comparatively mundane present, completes his portrait of changes in Korean society over the last 30 years.
The Old Garden revolves around an activist played by popular actor Ji Jin Hee (Perhaps Love), backdropped by the Kwangju Uprising of 1980, a large-scale democracy protest that was brutally suppressed by the Chun Doo Hwan military regime. Despite the sensitive set-up, the political tones underlie rather than drive the story, as the film very much focuses on the human aspects in its portrayal of two young people who are brought together and torn apart by the times. Placing equal emphasis on the female character, a schoolteacher played by Yeum Jung Ah (A Tale of Two Sisters), Lim also gives voice to the thoughts and experiences of the modern woman.
After 17 years of imprisonment, democracy activist Hyun Woo (Ji Jin Hee) is released from prison, but what awaits him is an unfamiliar world. He feels lost and displaced in a Korea that has gone through a myriad of changes in the last two decades. His former comrades are now salarymen, and all he went through in the past seems to be for nought. Learning that his love Yoon Hee (Yeon Jung Ah) has passed away, Hyun Woo returns to the countryside where they met, and revisits the past through her diaries and letters. During the tumultuous 80s, the young Hyun Woo found romance and refuge with Yoon Hee, and 17 years later, the memory of her love again provides a guiding light.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
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- Theatrical Trailer
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