Korean Title: Wonangsori
Starring: Lee Sam-Soon, Choi Won-Kyun
Director: Chung-Ryeol Lee
Studio: YA Entertainment
Genre: Feature Documentary
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About This DVD
From first-time filmmaker Lee Chung-Ryoul comes an award-winning feature documentary, Old Partner, which broke box office records in Korea as the highest grossing independent film in Korean history.
Old Partner is an eloquent, touching, yet gut-wrenching peek into the reality of Mr. Choi Won-Kyun and his relationship with his 40-year-old ox. In the backdrop of what seems to be a dying way of life for many farmers in modern-day South Korea, the old couple perseveres while his wife, Lee Sam-Soon, bickers and complains about her own unlucky fate. There is no denying that this particular ox is a beast of burden, but it is also cherished and loved as the old man’s constant and dependable companion. The original Korean title of the film, Wonangsori, literally translates to “sound of a cowbell� which dominates the audio track throughout the 78-minute documentary as a constant reminder of the absence of any other sound in the rural landscape of their small town. The old man and his ox trudge along slowly, crippled, and with a quiet defiance throughout the film proving a love and loyalty that can only be shared by a man and his animal.
Drawing three million admissions at the box office, indie documentary Old Partner defied expectations to become Korea's highest-grossing independent film of all time. Helmed by Lee Chung Ryul, who won Best New Director at the 45th Baeksang Arts Award, Old Partner turned into a surprise hit thanks to good word of mouth. Winner of the Pusan International Film Festival Mecenat Award for Best Documentary and the first Korean documentary to compete at the Sundance Film Festival, Old Partner explores the deep friendship between an elderly farming couple and their ox. After over 30 years of work and companionship, the ox has been diagnosed with cancer, and the bickering elderly couple now have only one year left with their Old Partner.
|Audio Format:||DD 2.0 Stereo|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.78:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Running Time:||78 min.|
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