The Old Garden
Yum Jung-Ah, Ji Jin-Hee / Fiction / Korean
From the director of The President's Last Bang, a graceful blend of the personal and the political.
Based upon a best-selling South Korean novel by Hwang Sok-yong, this absorbing drama follows the efforts of a former radical to reconcile his old beliefs with his new life. Imprisoned for seventeen years for his involvement in the anti-government riots of 1980, Oh Hyun-woo (Ji Jin-hee) emerges into a very different society. He retreats to the hiding place he once shared with his lover and fellow activist, Yoon-hee - but she's long gone, and only memories (in the form of vivid, beautifully-told flashbacks) remain. As vibrant and intense as it is thoughtful, this is a film in which to lose yourself. HM
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