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Lee Chang-dong (2010)

12A Certificate


Our Score
For those whose taste in cinema extends no further than the latest megabucks popcorn movie, this is probably one to avoid. For those, however, who appreciate that there's a world of cinema out there, this low-key South Korean drama is a little gem. Veteran actress Yoon Jung-Hee, who came out of retirement for the role, plays a 60-something grandmother faced with the twin traumas of the early signs of Alzheimer's and the involvement of her teenage grandson in the suicide of a schoolmate. She finds solace, strength and purpose in a poetry class run by her local cultural centre. Yoon's performance, nuanced and subtle, is superb, while the film is long and languid so adjustments and allowances must be made both for its pace and, at times, for its poetry. But the effort is well worth it.


An eccentric woman in her sixties struggles to cope with the onset of Alzheimer's disease and the revelation that her son was involved in a gang rape, which she is expected to help cover up. She finds the strength she needs to cope with these crises after enrolling in a poetry class. Drama, with Jeong-hie Yun and Da-wit Lee. In Korean.

Cast & Crew

Yang Mija Yoon Jung-hee
Jongwook David Lee (2)
Mr Kang Kim Hira
Kibum's father Ahn Nae-Sang
Director Lee Chang-dong

Other Information

Language: Korean +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: ICO/ArrowGuidance: Sexual references, brief swearing, sex scene.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Jul 2011