Peppermint Candy (1999) Lee Chang-Dong | Fully Uncut
original South Korean title BAKHA SATANG
director: Lee Chang-Dong
starring: Sol Lyung-Gu · Moon So-Ri · Kim Yeo-Jin
is an earlier film from the director [and stars] of OASIS. While
- today - it is considered a masterpiece of the Korean New Wave Cinema,
upon release, it was the target of numerous censorship attacks and controversies.
Here now is the fully uncut version of the film. At its center, this
is an absorbing journey through that country's climb to democracy (including
the Gwang-Ju Massacre) punctuated by a bittersweet coming-of-age tale
as Yong-Ho reminisces the events of his first true love and sexual awakening.
film opens on a railroad bridge, overlooking a riverbank. Yong-Ho (Sol
Kyung-Gu) faces a train barreling down upon him as he shouts "I'm
going back!" Then the movie unfolds in reverse (a technique
that predates Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' by a year). Each stop in
time reveals new insights into Yong-Ho's complicated love-life with
the much younger Sun-Im [played by versatile Moon So-Ri]. Director Lee
Chang-Dong uses this relationship to mirror South Korea's own loss of
innocence over the passed 30 years.
South Korean film with English subtitles; widescreen format, (130 min.),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers.
for Adult Audiences