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Film, Comedy

Time Out says

As in Green Fish, Lee uses his protagonist's life as a sounding-board for Korea's modern history - here, the 20 years from the eve of the Kwangju Massacre to the film's present. Twenty years which see Young-Ho (newcomer Sol, electric) turn from a fresh-faced innocent into a self-hating, suicidal jerk via traumatic experiences during his military service and a thoroughly dehumanising stint in the police force. Well aware that his pessimistic analysis of Korea's trajectory could be a pill too bitter for most audiences to swallow, Lee has had the smart idea of telling the story backwards: the film opens in the present and ends 20 years earlier with Young-Ho looking forward hopefully to his future. Thanks to fine writing and performances and subtle use of recurring imagery, the film is dramatically powerful and highly emotive.


Release details

129 mins

Cast and crew

Lee Chang-Dong
Lee Chang-Dong
Kim Yeo-Jin
Sol Kyung-Gu
Moon So-Ri
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