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The Old Potter (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region All

Hwang Hae (Actor) | Yoon Jeong Hee (Actor) | Kim Hee Ra (Actor) | Nam Koong Won (Actor)
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Based on a short story by Hwang Soon Won, The Old Potter is the latest Korean classic to be remastered for DVD release by the Korean Film Archive. Directed by Choi Ha Won, the 1969 picture is considered one of Korea's most important literary films. The tragic tale of love, desire, and despair stars late legend Hwang Hae and actress Yoon Jeong Hee, who recently made her screen comeback in Lee Chang Dong's Poetry.

Old potter Song (Hwang Hae) was living a lonely life by himself until the day he rescues Ok Su (Yoon Jeong Hee), a young woman he discovers on the verge of death in a snow-covered field. They get married and have a son, but one day Ok Su's ex-boyfriend Seok Hyun (Nam Koong Won) shows up. They run off in the middle of the night, leaving Song in despair and desperation. Song tries to continue making pottery to support the family, but he is unable to continue without Ok Su.

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Product Title: The Old Potter (DVD) (Korea Version) The Old Potter (DVD) (韓國版) The Old Potter (DVD) (韩国版) 甕をつくる老人 (DVD) (韓国版) 독짓는 늙은이 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: An Old Potter / Dok jinneun neulgeuni An Old Potter / Dok jinneun neulgeuni An Old Potter / Dok jinneun neulgeuni An Old Potter / Dok jinneun neulgeuni An Old Potter / Dok jinneun neulgeuni
Artist Name(s): Hwang Hae (Actor) | Yoon Jeong Hee (Actor) | Kim Hee Ra (Actor) | Nam Koong Won (Actor) | Heo Jang Kang (Actor) 黃海 (Actor) | 尹靜姬 (Actor) | 金熙羅 (Actor) | 南宮遠 (Actor) | 許長江 (Actor) 黄海 (Actor) | 尹静姬 (Actor) | 金熙罗 (Actor) | 南宫远 (Actor) | 许长江 (Actor) ファン・ヘ (Actor) | ユン・ジョンヒ (Actor) | キム・ヒラ (Actor) | Nam Koong Won (Actor) | Heo Jang Kang (Actor) 황 해 (Actor) | 윤정희 (Actor) | 김희라 (Actor) | 남궁원 (Actor) | 허장강 (Actor)
Director: Choi Ha Won 崔夏園 崔夏园 チェ・ハウォン 최하원
Release Date: 2010-09-30
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Korean Federation of Film Archives
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023494858

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독짓는 늙은이 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.56:1 아나몰픽 와이드스크린
*Sound Mix: Korean Dolby Digital Mono
-HD 리마시터링
-6분 19초를 추가한 확장버젼 수록
-한영 소책자 증정 ,이미지 자료 모음(Image Gallery)

*Director: 최하원

징용에 끌려갔다 고향에 돌아온 한 나그네(김희라)가 독을 보며 아버지를 회상한다. 환갑인 송영감(황해)은 독짓는 일에만 열중하며 혼자 살고 있다. 그는 눈길에 쓰러져 있는 젊은 여인 옥수(윤정희)을 발견하고, 집으로 데려와 살려낸다. 송영감은 개울에서 그녀의 옷을 빨다 친구(허장강)에게 놀림을 당한다. 그녀가 깨어나자 송영감은 괜찮으면 여기 있으라고 말한다. 둘은 혼례를 올리고 아들 당손(김정훈)을 낳는다.

제6회 한국연극영화예술상(1970)
영화 남자최우수연기상(황해), 영화 여자최우수연기상(윤정희)
제7회 청룡영화상 (1970) 최우수작품상, 감독상, 미술상(김호균)
제 13회 부일영화상(1970) 최우수작품상, 남우주연상(황해)
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Customer Review of "The Old Potter (DVD) (Korea Version)"

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

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February 25, 2011

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Better to have loved and lost? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"The Old Potter" turns a simple tale of love and loss into a memorably melodramatic tragedy. The elderly Song (Hwang Hae) is an exacting potter who leads a solitary existence. One wintry day he stumbles upon the unconscious and frostbitten body of a beautiful young woman (Yoon Jeong Hee). Song brings the woman back to his rustic home, where he nurses her back to health. As Song rubs warmth back into the unclad body of the unconscious woman, he takes much more than a clinical interest in the experience. When the woman recovers, we learn that she is Ok Su and that she became lost in the woods while searching for the man to whom she was betrothed.

The film then skips ahead seven years. Old Song and Ok Su are married and have an adorable little boy. Song almost can't believe his good fortune, that in his dotage he should be blessed with a lovely bride and happy child. Feeling confident of his future, Song hires an assistant, a handsome young man named Seok Hyun (Nam Koong Won). Unbeknownst to Song, Seok Hyun happens to be Ok Su's former boyfriend. Seok Hyun has spent the last seven years hunting for Ok Su and now tries to persuade her to return to him. Ok Su is torn between her duty to the old man and her yearning for the virility of her long-lost lover. The consequences of her fateful decision prove profound.

The story is told in classic melodrama form with emotions played to the hilt. Director Choi Ha Won chose to highlight the sensual side of the tale, an aspect which apparently is absent in Hwang Soon Won's original short story. From a dramatic perspective, this decision makes sense; it heightens the film's tragic aspect by giving us a protagonist whose reckless love of physical beauty proves to be his downfall. The image quality of this Korean Film Archives release is flawed, but quite watchable. Highly recommended.
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