Palwolui Christmas   1998   South Korea Christmas in August
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Director:Jin-ho Hur
Studio:Tai Seng
Writer:Jin-ho Hur, Seung-ook Oh
IMDb Rating:7.6 (1,760 votes)
Awards:4 wins & 2 nominations
Duration:97 min
Jin-ho Hur  ...  (Director)
Jin-ho Hur, Seung-ook Oh  ...  (Writer)
Suk-kyu Han  ...  Jung-won
Eun-ha Shim  ...  Da-rim
Goo Shin  ...  Jung-won's father
Ji-hye Oh  ...  Jung-sook
Han-wi Lee  ...  Chul-goo
Mi-seon Jeon  ...  Ji-won
Hye-won Kwon  ...  Hyo-jung
Yong-jin Park  ...  
Yong-kil You  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: A cheap idea for a film full of bad ideas. Director Jin-ho Hur explores love and death, and the birth and death of love, in his films but just because the concepts are highfalutin doesn't mean you can just throw on a violin track and make a meaningful movie. Stoicism in the face of death is good but here it's negated by selfishness. The guy did wrong and the girl's happiness is a failed manipulation.

Summary: The plot follows a portrait photographer, Jung-won (played by Han Suk-kyu) and his developing romance with a parking attendant, Da-rim (Shim Eun-ha). However, the romance never gets a chance to develop into intimacy. Jung-won soon finds out he is suffering from an unnamed illness and has to come to terms with his impending death. He sets out to continue living as usual, going out with his friends and spending time with his family in the small town he has lived for decades.

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