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Christmas in August
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.7 out of 10 (10)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (21)

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The debut feature of director Hur Jin Ho (One Fine Spring Day), Christmas in August stars two of the most popular actors in Korea, Han Suk Kyu (Shiri) and Shim Eun Ha (Art Museum by the Zoo, Tell Me Something). It was screened during the International Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.

Shot in a secluded area outside of Seoul, Christmas in August centers around a small photography shop owned by Jung Won (Kim Suk Kyu), who has an incurable disease that leaves him only a short time to live. Meanwhile, he meets Darim (Shim Eun Ha), a meter reader who drops by his studio to develop pictures of parking violators. As she becomes a part of his daily routine, he finds himself becoming more and more attached to her. But he can't express his affections to her because he knows he doesn't have much time left.

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Product Title: Christmas in August 八月照相館 (韓國版) 八月照相馆 (韩国版) 8月のクリスマス(Christmas in August) 8월의 크리스마스
Artist Name(s): Han Suk Kyu | Shim Eun Ha | Hur Jin Ho 韓石圭 | 沈銀河 | 許 秦豪 韩石圭 | 沈银河 | 許 秦豪 ハン・ソッキュ | シム・ウナ | ホ・ジノ 한 석규 | 심 은하 | 허진호
Director: Hur Jin Ho 許 秦豪 許 秦豪 ホ・ジノ 허진호
Release Date: 2002-02-25
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: SRE Corporation
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001826731

Product Information

* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 2.0
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras :
-Interactive Menu
-Scene Selections
-Commentary wiwth Director
-Cast& Crew
-Music video
-theatrical Trailer
-영화보다 더 재미있는 영화이야기

* Director : 허진호

시간이 얼마 남지 않았는데...
나는 긴 시간이 필요한 사랑을 하고 있다.

<내 기억 속의 무수한 사진들 처럼 사랑도 언젠가 추억으로 그친다는 것을 난 알고 있었습니다. 그러나 당신만은 추억이되질 않았습니다. 사랑을 간직한 채 떠날 수 있게 해준 당신께 고맙단 말을 남깁니다>

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.7 out of 10 (10)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (21)

Kevin Kennedy
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September 8, 2009

This customer review refers to Christmas In August (1998) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

A fleeting romance Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Someone needs to explain to me why so many Korean movies and TV series focus on the fatal illness/doomed romance theme. "Christmas in August" definitely falls within this category and, fortunately, succeeds admirably. Early in the film we learn that photography shop proprietor Jung Won (Kim Suk Kyu) suffers from a fatal and incurable disease (a disease which never is identified in the film and which seems to have no visible symptoms). Nice guy Jung Won is in his thirties, but has never married (because he knew of his illness, perhaps?). Nice girl Darim (Shim Eun Ha), who dispenses parking tickets for a living, begins to frequent his shop, at first to get photos developed. However, something other than the photos begins to develop -- Jung Won and Darim begin to fall in love with each other.

At the same time that this romance is blossoming, Jung Won is making preparations for his impending demise. He writes directions for his father to use the VCR, a new technology that baffles him. He visits with his old school chums one last time. He writes out directions for how the photo development equipment functions. He takes his own memorial portrait. There is one preparation, however, that Jung Won is unable to make; he is unable to tell Darim of his condition. Then one day he fails to show up at the shop and Darim is baffled by his disappearance...

"Christmas in August" succeeds by rejecting the conventions of its genre. Director Hur Jin Ho shuns histrionics and melodrama. Instead, he creates a quiet evocation of two human paths intersecting ever so briefly. Both lead actors give exceptionally good performances. Shim Eun Ha was born to play roles like this; her ability to convey subtle changes in mood and emotion is superb. And it is such subtleties that form the sum and substance of this winning film. If you demand stories told with bold strokes, then "Christmas in August" may not be for you. If you prefer a quieter, more naturalistic approach to movie-making, then, like me, you likely will enjoy this film very much.
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July 22, 2007

This customer review refers to Christmas In August (1998) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
alright Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Knowing he didn't have long to live, he tried to be as cheerful as he could and faced death bravely. The male lead did well but the film is slow and very quiet plus a bit dull.
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May 1, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

Light love story Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Han Suk Kyu is really different in this film. He is soft and caring. In this film, he own a photo store were he met a girl and became a friend. The girl started to be infatuated to him without knowing that he is sick and will soon die. What's really sad is that they didn't even get to say good-bye to each other before he die. Sacrificial love, it will truly touch your heart.
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August 21, 2006

3 people found this review helpful

Christmas in August Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
My friend and I both fell asleep.... boring.. and VERY slow. Story ... well whatever story it was, was like watching a snail come toward you. not entertaining at all. the closest these two got to eachother was what you see on the cover. disliked this movie.
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August 17, 2005

A gift for us all Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This is a moving and beautifully quiet film of a young man dying and finding someone to ease his pain at the end. The scene where Han Suk Kyu looks out the cafe window with his hand out of focus trying to touch Shim Eun Ha outside on the street is hauntingly poignant. A beautiful film with great performances and production.
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