Beyond the Years
|Beyond the Years|
|Directed by||Im Kwon-taek|
|Produced by||Lee Hee-won
|Written by||Lee Cheong-jun
|Based on||"The Wanderer of Seonhak-dong"
by Lee Cheong-jun
|Music by||Kunihiko Ryo|
|Editing by||Park Soon-deok|
|Distributed by||Prime Entertainment|
|Running time||106 minutes|
Beyond the Years (천년학 - Cheon-nyeon-hak) is a 2007 South Korean drama film. Celebrated director Im Kwon-taek's 100th film, it is based on the short fiction "The Wanderer of Seonhak-dong" by Lee Cheong-jun, and was presented at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Despite being an informal sequel to Im's phenomenally successful Sopyonje (1993), Beyond the Years was not popular with Korean audiences.
Dong-ho and Song-hwa are separately adopted by Yu-bong (Im Jin-ta), a nomadic singer, and grow up as siblings. Dong-ho falls in love with Song-hwa, but he suffers from the fact that he has to call her sister and constantly fight with Yu-bong’s obsession to make her a great singer. Eventually, Dong-ho leaves home. However, with his unchanging affection for Song-hwa, he keeps following traces of his love while refining his drumming skills in order to match well with her singing. This is the heart-touching love story of Song-hwa, who devotes her life and love to her talent for Pansori (a traditional Korean form of narrative song), and Dong-ho, who has devoted his life to loving her.
- "Beyond the Years (awards)". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
- "Im Kwon-taek’s ‘Beyond the Years’ fails to attract audiences". The Hankyoreh. May 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
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