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Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Ji Jin Hee (Actor) | Im Sang Soo (Director)
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Undoubtedly one of the most interesting filmmakers working in Korea today, Im Sang Soo has never shirked from pushing buttons and challenging conventions. His previous film, the controversial The President's Last Bang about the 1979 assassination of Park Chung Hee, experienced brushes with the censors, whereas his third film, A Good Lawyer's Wife, provided a devastatingly honest look at modern marriage. Based on Hwang Suk Yeong's best-selling novel, Im's latest film The Old Garden, set in the politically turbulent 1980s and a comparatively mundane present, completes his portrait of changes in Korean society over the last 30 years.

The Old Garden revolves around an activist played by popular actor Ji Jin Hee (Perhaps Love), backdropped by the Gwangju Uprising of 1980, a large-scale democracy protest that was brutally suppressed by the Chun Doo Hwan military regime. Despite the sensitive set-up, the political tones underlie rather than drive the story, as the film very much focuses on the human aspects in its portrayal of two young people who are brought together and torn apart by the times. Placing equal emphasis on the female character, a schoolteacher played by Yeom Jung Ah (A Tale of Two Sisters), Lim also gives voice to the thoughts and experiences of the modern woman. Yeum won the Best Actress award at the 43rd Baeksang Awards for her performance.

After 17 years of imprisonment, democracy activist Hyun Woo (Ji Jin Hee) is released from prison, but what awaits him is an unfamiliar world. He feels lost and displaced in a Korea that has gone through a myriad of changes in the last two decades. His former comrades are now salarymen, and all he went through in the past seems to be for nought. Learning that his love Yoon Hee (Yeom Jung Ah) has passed away, Hyun Woo returns to the countryside where they met, and revisits the past through her diaries and letters. During the tumultuous 80s, the young Hyun Woo found romance and refuge with Yoon Hee, and 17 years later, the memory of her love again provides a guiding light.

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Product Title: The Old Garden (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The Old Garden (限量版) (韓國版) The Old Garden (限量版) (韩国版) 古い庭園 (限定版)(韓国版) 오래된 정원 한정판
Artist Name(s): Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Ji Jin Hee (Actor) 廉貞婭 (Actor) | 池 珍熙 (Actor) 廉贞娅 (Actor) | 池珍熙 (Actor) ヨム・ジョンア (Actor) | チ・ジニ (Actor) 염 정아 (Actor) | 지 진희 (Actor)
Director: Im Sang Soo 林常樹 林常树 イム・サンス 임상수
Release Date: 2007-04-11
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Sidus CNI
Other Information: 2 DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004649329

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 & 2.0
* Extras :
- 원작 오래된 정원
- 80년대에 바치는 진혼곡
- 시대적 배경의 단상
- 색깔없는 젊음
- CG 의 미학
- 풀리지 않는 숙제
- 그날의 함성
- 이제는 말할 수 있다
- 포스터 촬영 현장
- 임상수 영화제
- 산세바스찬 공식 상영
- 시사회 현장
- 스틸갤러리
- 예고편

* Director : 임상수

시대와 사랑의 완벽한 조우!
한국영화계를 빛낼 소중한 영화의 탄생!

한국 영화계에는 시대와 사랑을 정면으로 다룬 영화가 드물다. 특히 그 시기가 1980년대라면 더욱 그러하다. 어쩌면 그 시대의 상처가 너무 무거워 감히 그때의 사랑을 돌아볼 여유나 용기를 갖지 못했기 때문이 아닐까? 그래서인지 80년대의 의미를 정면으로 다룬 영화로는 <꽃잎>과 <박하사탕>이 유일한데, 이들은 아직 그 시절의 ‘사랑’에 대해 정면으로 말하지 않는다. 이 영화들은 ‘시대에 상처 받은 영혼’을 다룸으로써 80년대를 돌아보고 그 의미를 성찰하는 것이다. 그 시대를 건너온 사람들은 이 영화들에 감동하고 그 시대를 상념했지만, 마음 한구석에는 또 다른 바람이 있었다. 그 시대를 사랑으로 돌아보는 영화를 언젠가 볼 수 있으면 하는 바람이 그것이다. 그래서, 황석영의 소설 <오래된 정원>이 영화화 된다고 했을 때 많은 사람들이 흥분과 설레임을 감추지 않았다. 드디어 한국영화계에도 시대와 사랑을 정면으로 다룬 소중한 영화가 나오겠구나 하는 기대가 많은 사람들의 입에서 입으로 전해졌다. 그리고 궁금증이 생겼다. 과연 어떻게 그 방대한 양의 원작을, 그 무게감과 결을 그대로 살리되, 과감하게 축약해서 스크린으로 옮길 수 있을까? 이제 한국에서 가장 쿨한 감독 임상수가 준비한 답을 곧 만나게 될 것이다.

시작부터 다르다!
대한민국을 대표하는 ‘국보급’ 작가와 ‘문제적’ 감독의 만남!

이 시대 한국 문학계를 대표하는 작가 황석영의 소설 <오래된 정원>이, <바람난 가족>과 <그때 그 사람들>의 임상수 감독에 의해 스크린에 옮겨진다. 황석영은 ‘국내 노벨문학상 후보 1위인 동시에 우리 시대 최고의 소설가 1위, 앞으로 가장 많은 해외 독자를 확보해나갈 작가 1위’로 꼽히는 명실상부한 대한민국의 국보급 작가. 그의 70년대 작품 <객지>, <삼포 가는 길>은 현재까지도 리얼리즘 문학의 걸작으로 일컬어지고 있고, 장편 대작 <장길산>, <삼국지>등은 지금까지 폭넓은 독자들에게 꾸준히 사랑 받고 있는 스테디셀러다.
그런 그가 <무기의 그늘> 이후 13년 만에 발표한 소설 <오래된 정원>은 방북 사건 이후 독일 체류 시절과 옥중 수감 생활 중에 구상한 것으로, 작가의 체험이 생생하게 녹아있어 그만큼 감동을 더하는 작품이다. 지난 2000년 출간 당시에는 발간 20여일 만에 8만부가 판매되는 기록을 세우며 독자들의 사랑을 듬뿍 받았고, 단재상, 이산문학상을 수상하며 그 가치를 인정받은 바 있다. 또한 지난해에는 독일출판과 함께 프랑크푸르트 도서전에서 소개되었고, 프랑스 르몽드 지의 ‘2005년 국내외 소설 7권’에 선정되기도 하는 등 해외에서도 이미 명성이 높다. 작가 스스로 ‘80년대에 바치는 진혼곡’이라 칭하는 소설 <오래된 정원>은, 80년대라는 한국사회의 격변기와 사회주의권의 몰락이라는 세계사적 변화를 배경으로, 그 시대의 아픔을 관통하며 살았던 남녀의 삶과 사랑을 그만의 진중하고도 세련된 문체로 그린 작품이다.

그 이야기가 스크린을 통해 품격 있는 멜로영화로 재탄생 된다. 탄탄한 구성, 감동적인 드라마 등, 원작이 가진 힘이 고스란히 담기고, 여기에 임상수 감독의 예리한 시선과 화법이 더해져 영화 <오래된 정원>이 만들어지는 것이다. 국보급 작가 황석영과 문제적 감독 임상수의 만남만으로도 가슴 설레는 영화 <오래된 정원>, 이제 그 감동을 극장에서 느낄 수 있을 것이다.

세상에 대한 날 선 시선, 임상수 감독의 첫 사랑영화!

임상수와 멜로영화. 주류에 대한 삐딱한 시선으로 한국사회에 의미 있는 문제제기를 해온 임상수 감독의 행보를 돌이켜 볼 때 둘은 어울리지 않는 조합이다. 그러나 그게 임상수식 멜로영화라면? 의혹만큼의 기대감이 커지는 게 사실이다. 소설 <오래된 정원>을 “흐르는 눈물을 주체하지 못하며 단숨에 읽었다”는 임상수 감독이기에 더더욱 그렇다.
‘임상수표’ <오래된 정원>은 진지하고 단단한 원작 소설과는 또 다른 색깔을 가졌다. 그는, 사랑보다 신념이 앞서고, 신나게 사는 게 미안했던 그런 시대에도 사랑은 했어야 한다고 이야기한다. <오래된 정원>은 사회적 이슈가 되었던 전작 <그때 그 사람들> 시절 직후인 80년대를 그린 만큼 감독에게는 특별한 의미가 있는 작품. 그가 바라보는 80년대는 때로는 열정이 가득한 슬픔이 넘치고, 때로는 냉소가 가득한 슬픔이 가득한 그런 시대다.
임상수 감독은 <오래된 정원>을 분명 ‘러브스토리’ 라고 말한다. 힘겨웠기에 치열할 수 밖에 없었던 시대, 그리고 그 시대였기 때문에 더욱 특별할 수 밖에 없었던 사랑에 관한 영화라는 것이다. 직접 각색까지 도맡은 그의 애정어린 손길을 거쳐, 기존의 멜로영화와는 다른 임상수만의 색깔과 스타일로 그려질 <오래된 정원>, 기대해도 좋을 것 같다.

현재…17년을 훌쩍 뛰어넘은 낯선 서울

80년대 군부독재에 반대하다가 젊음을 온통 감옥에서 보낸 현우(지진희 분). 17년이 지난 눈 내리는 어느 겨울, 교도소를 나선다. 변해 버린 가족과 서울풍경, 핸드폰이란 물건까지, 모든 것이 그에게는 낯설기만 하다. 단 한 사람, 감옥에 있던 17년 동안 한번도 만나지 못했던 지갑 속 사진의 얼굴만이 익숙하게 다가온다. 잊을 수 없는 그 얼굴, 바로 한윤희(염정아 분)다. 며칠 후, 현우의 어머니는 그에게 한윤희의 편지를 건넨다. “소식 들었니? 한선생, 죽었어.”

과거…그냥 그대로 머물고 싶은 6개월간의 행복, 갈뫼

1980년, 도피생활을 하던 현우는 그를 숨겨줄 사람으로 한윤희를 소개받는다. 윤희는 첫눈에 봐도 당차고 씩씩하다. 자신은 운동권이 아니라고 미리 선언하지만, 사회주의자라는 현우의 말에 “아… 그러세요? 어서 씻기나 하세요, 사회주의자 아저씨!” 라며 웃는다. 현우는 그런 윤희와의 갈뫼에서의 생활에, 마치 딴 세상에 온 듯 한 평화로움을 느낀다. 그렇게 6개월이 지난 후, 동료들이 모두 붙잡혔다는 서울 소식에 갈등하던 현우는 갈뫼를 떠날 결심을 한다. 그리고 윤희는 그를 잡고 싶지만 잡을 수가 없다.
그렇게 그들은 헤어지고 17년이 흐른다.

다시 현재…그는 그들의 오래된 정원을 찾을 수 있을까?

윤희의 흔적이 고스란히 남겨져 있는 갈뫼를 다시 찾은 현우. 그는 윤희가 그에게 남긴 일기와 그림을 찾으며 17년 전의 과거로 빠져든다. 과연, 그는 그곳에서 그토록 꿈꾸었던 그들의 오래된 정원을 찾을 수 있을까?
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Professional Review of "The Old Garden (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

May 14, 2007

The Old Garden is the latest offering from controversial Korean director Lim Sang Soo, whose last film The President's Last Bang ran into trouble with the censors for its satirical mix of fact and fiction in depicting events surrounding the 1979 assassination of Park Chung Hee. Based upon the bestselling novel by author Hwang Suk Yeong, his new work is similarly politically charged, dealing with revolution and its aftermath in the early 1980s, though this time from a more human perspective.

The film begins in the late 1990s with former political activist Hyun Woo (played by actor Ji Jin Hee, recently in Bewitching Attraction) being released from jail after a 17-year stretch. He finds the world a very different place, with his fellow revolutionaries now middle-aged members of the middle class who are content to sit around and bicker with each other, and with the struggles of the past all but forgotten. Upon learning that his love Yoon Hee (actress Yeum Jung Ah, best known as the stepmother in the classic Tale of Two Sisters) died some years ago, he decides to make a journey to their old countryside home where they met while he was on the run from the authorities. In doing so, his memories of the past come flooding back and provide him with both sorrow and hope as he tries to find his place in the new Korea.

Director Lim again proves himself to be an expert storyteller, and the film features a seamless blending of the past and the present, with skilfully handled chronological switches which serve fittingly as contemplative reflections of the different narrative strands rather than to distract through any kind of pretentious trickery. Although the film is obviously infused with politics and social commentary, it is very much driven by its characters, and despite its controversial subject matter in dealing with events such as the notorious Kwangju Uprising of 1980, it is far more a personal journey than a call to arms or an attempt to reopen old wounds. Surprisingly intimate and insular, it deals tenderly with the struggle not so much between revolutionaries and the ruling regime as between the responsibilities and frustrations of political and personal life, focusing not only on the extremes to which people can be driven by their beliefs, but on how their actions affect those around them. The themes dealt with, of anger, loneliness and the scars of the past are universal, and as such the film does not require any prior knowledge of modern Korean history. Indeed, this to an extent is partly the point of the film, as Lim plays frequently upon the way in which the past efforts of the activists have been forgotten, giving a sad impression of wasted lives and effort rather than misty-eyed nostalgia.

Such lofty intellectual aims aside, The Old Garden arguably succeeds mainly through a well written set of characters which provide the film with a strong and genuinely affecting emotional core. Both Hyun Woo and Yoon Hee are complex figures who the viewer takes some time to get to know, with neither being obviously sympathetic or indeed easy to like when first introduced. As a result, the intense, unconventional relationship which builds between the two is wholly believable, and works well as an anchor for the turbulent narrative which unfolds. The supporting cast are equally effective, and the film benefits from the fact that Lim never whitewashes the activists or treats them as saintly martyrs.

The visuals are gorgeous throughout, with Lim paying great attention to small personal details to bring the story to convincing life and to evoke a strong sense of time and place. The countryside is depicted with a picturesque stillness which contrasts sharply with the confusion and violence of the bloody riot scenes, making them all the more brutal and shocking. This again works to underline the deep rooted conflict at the heart of the film and to highlight the physical as well as emotional suffering undergone by so many in the name of revolution.

The Old Garden certainly makes for powerful, thoughtful viewing, being the he kind of social conscience cinema which Korea used to excel at in the 80s and early 90s, engaging themes of politics and social criticism without losing sight of the deeply personal stories of the people involved. Melancholy rather than melodramatic, the film is moving in a painfully honest fashion, and confirms Lim Sang Soo as one of the most talented and interesting directors working in the country today.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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The Garden of Remembrance Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In essence this is a love story between a social activist Hyon Woo and a school teacher/artist Yoon Hee who sympathizes with his political cause. The film actually begins with Hyun Woon being released from prison 16 years on from the Gwangju student massacre of early 1980s Korea (where he was involved), but the stories' past events of Hyun Woo's reason for imprisonment and of his love for the school teacher Yoon Hee are reflected by stylish flashbacks to reveal the frictions, turmoil and insecurities of two people's love in dark days Korea. These flash backs are common to the story telling as each segment of Hyon Hee's memories of his past are revealed, eventually leading up towards his imprisonment. In fact you could call the film The Garden of Remembrance considering all the film's past recalls. Although the story is told in flashback the narrative is very coherent and easy to follow - although at a slow pace at times it is constantly revealing. Due to the political violence of the time, there are some quite disturbing scenes here and there (as to be expected), especially near the end regarding a self immolation scene with a female student at Gwangju. This part could be a hard watch for some, especially for people local in memory to such events.

Although this film is politically routed in Korea's sensitive circumstances of the socialist and student activism of early 1980s (similar to the political climate featured in "Ditto" in parts) its not all 'dry politics' and is certainly a romantic movie at heart (albeit a brittle one) by the love of the two protagonists. The politics, though, isn't a mere back drop to the love interests, but more a weaving of these two elements.There is some good cinematography here, too, with really beautiful camera work and lighting - like (ironically) the pretty scene when Hyon Woo is first released from prison in a pleasant snow lit night - awesome considering its outside a prison complex. Excellent acting from the cast and Jin Hee Ji and Jung Yeom are superb - its nice to see Jung Ah getting her teeth into a more solid role since "A Tale of Two Sisters" where she played the aunt. This is certainly a good quality movie to recommend and deserves to be seen, if you like this sort of mixed melodrama and politics. Director Lim Sang Soo as made quite a few good movies to date, like "A Good Lawyer's Wife" and "The President's Last Bang" so if you have seen these, you will get the idea of what helmsman is in charge if this ship. Worth watching with absolutely high quality acting and screenplay.
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