Sunday, March 18, 2012
South Korea. 2002. 132 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Lee Chang-Dong. With Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri.
Awards: 59th Venice International Film Festival, 2002, Best Director (Lee Chang-Dong); Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor/Actress (Moon So-ri); FIPRESCI Award (International Critics' Prize); 19th Seattle International Film Festival, 2003 Best Actor (Sol Kyung-Goo); Best Actress (Moon So-ri), 21st Vancouver International Film Festival, 2002; Chief Dan George Humanitarian Award.
Suitable for 18 years and over.
Jong-Du (Sol Kyung-gu) is back on the streets after serving a brief prison term. In an awkward attempt at reconciliation, Jong-Du seeks out the family of the man he killed in a hit-and-run accident. Even though he is shunned by the victim's family Jong-Du becomes intrigued by the man's daughter, a young woman (Moon So-ri) with cerebral palsy. After a number of secret encounters and outings, the handicapped young woman and the reckless young man fall in love. The couple is confronted by the harsh reality of a discriminating society. Matters are made worse by the opposition of both families to their relationship. Still their love continues to grow, almost oblivious to the forces trying to tear them apart.
Part of the Globus Film Series: Love Will Tear Us Apart
$12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students
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