Chun-mong   2016   South Korea A Quiet Dream
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Director:Lu Zhang
Studio:Lu Films
Writer:Lu Zhang
IMDb Rating:7.0 (90 votes)
Genre:Drama, Family
Duration:101 min
Lu Zhang  ...  (Director)
Lu Zhang  ...  (Writer)
Ye-ri Han  ...  
Ik-joon Yang  ...  
Jung-bum Park  ...  
Jong-bin Yun  ...  
Dal-hwan Jo  ...  
Eui-sung Kim  ...  
Tae-hoon Kim  ...  
Min-a Shin  ...  
Yeon-Seok Yoo  ...  
Hyeon-jin Baek  ...  Composer
Young-jik Jo  ...  Cinematographer
Chul Heo  ...  Guy beaten
Comments: Wow. Lovely lovely. It's a series of vignettes, some better than others. It transports you to the world of these people, thoroughly. I loved all the music and dance. A film has really gone to a special place when there's a scene of four people walking down the street who see themselves in a reflection. And they dance to it. Quietly.

This would have could have been a 10/10 if it would have ended on the last dance number. Just drift off into space. Such a cool piece of music. There's a deduction for not stopping there but I'm not going to say how much.
Watched A Quiet Dream again! It's like Cafe Noir for those who didn't go to university. I might have to go watch all this guy's films.

@plsletitrain don't let the Cafe Noir reference keep you away if this shows up at your convenience store. Yes, it's slow and lovably ponderous, and nothing happens, but it's funny and beautiful. And it knows what it's doing: the four characters go to an arthouse film and watch a guy peel an egg for a couple of minutes until one of them bursts out in unstoppable laughter--ironically, this character was kicked out of his gang when he burst out in unstoppable laughter at a fellow gang member's funeral.

I read up on this film: the three misfit dudes are all Korean directors. I kind of shouldn't be surprised by this, but the one character I liked the least, the guy with the pleated, high-wasted slacks and hairdo--the laughing guy--is the guy who wrote, directed, and starred in Breathless--a film I hated with every inch of my body. But he won me over in this, especially with his singing and dancing.

And speaking of Cafe Noir, and Black Coal, Thin Ice, for that matter ... ANY movie that can incorporate an improvised dance number near the end of the film, and make it work--I'm not talking Bollywood style here--is going to make me love it. Musical choice is a dead giveaway of which way a director's balls are hanging, even if it's a woman. I have to find out what the music is at the end of this film. I shut it off as it faded to black my second viewing so I don't know if the tagged on -- in color -- ending meant anything. I was so mad at it the first time I don't want to know.

Motorcycle man shows up. What a scene! Yeri starts dancing. It was so uncomfortably gorgeous. I wanted it to go on forever. And it should have.

A Quiet Dream film joins the company of ... did I mention Cafe Noir? ... and Sono's Love Exposure in waiting until the film is half over to run the opening credits. It does it as brilliantly as those two films. I am happy

Yeri, whose character uses her real life name in A Quiet Dream, looked familiar to me. Turns out she played the young pregnant girl in a masterpiece film no one here has seen or will see: A Blind River. She's un-credited on IMDb for the role. I remember back when I was blown away by the film and couldn't find out anything about it or the director. In my review of the film I wrote: "I'm not sure who plays the young pregnant girl (Kim Ye-ri?) but her performance is amazing. She practically steals the show and you will feel very strongly for her".


I had forgotten, or didn't realize first time through, how celebratory this film is. Maybe it's because I've seen more Zhang Lu now and sort of feel him more, feel him beside me like one of those old time authors and their "welcome gentle readers" approach to storytelling. It's melancholy and black & white, but bursting with love for the everyday in everything. The nerdy, off the beaten track normalcy

It's weird but I feel almost honored to have re-watched this. Can't explain it

Still wish it would have ended with Han Yeri's dance

Summary: Ye-Ri (Han Ye-Ri) runs a bar that she took over from her father. She has three men who are in love with her. The three men have totally different personalities, but they are all head over heels in love with Ye-Ri. The three men compete for Ye-Ri affections, but they also comfort each other.

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