Saturday, August 18, 2007

Edinburgh International Film Festival - The Old Garden

The Old Garden is a South Korean political drama, centering on the character of Oh Hyun-woo, a poet and political activist in the 1980 anti-government riots. He hides away in the beautiful mountainous countryside with Yoon-hee, an artist who becomes his lover. Then he inexplicably decides to return to Seoul where he faces certain long term imprisonment. While Oh Hyun-woo is in prison, Yoon-hee gives birth to and raises their daughter and dies of cancer.

It's a beautiful film, full of sadness and regret and offering interesting insight into the politics and labour relations of South Korea in 1980.

The Old Garden will show again 22.00, Sunday 19 August at Cineworld

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