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THE OLD GARDEN (2006)
  • Director IM Sang-soo
    Year 2006
    Status Completed
    Genre drama
    Starring YEOM Jeong-a, JI Jin-hee
    Running Time 112 min.
    Country of Production Korea
    Festival & Awards 2006 San Sebastian Int’l Film Festival - Competition
    Synopsis One winter morning, Hyun-woo steps out of prison after serving 17 years. Upon his return home, his mother reveals to him the death of Yoon-hee. Back in 1980, after Kwangju Uprising, Hyun-woo stole into a mountain village, Galmwhe to seek a hideout from the authorities. Yoon-hee, a local art teacher, harbored him, and the two lived together like honeymooner for a few months. But Hyun-woo was tormented by a thought of leading a safe life while his fellow protesters suffered from political injustice. Guilt forced Hyun-woo to leave Galmwhe, only to be caught by the police. Then he was sentenced to life in prison, leaving Yoon-hee behind to deal with a separation never expected to be so long. 17 years later, Hyun-woo heads back to Galmwhe to find the traces of his time together with Yoon-hee. What awaits him there is the heart-wrenching secret of Yoon-hee he never knew.
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