Once in a Summer

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Once in a Summer
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Geuhae yeoreum
McCune–Reischauer Kŭhae yŏrŭm
Directed by Jo Keun-shik
Produced by Park Mu-seung
Bang Chu-sung
Written by Kim Eun-hee
Starring Lee Byung-hun
Soo Ae
Music by Shim Hyeon-jeong
Cinematography Lee Hyeong-deok
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
KM Culture
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release dates
  • November 30, 2006 (2006-11-30)
Running time
121 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$1,593,491[1]

Once in a Summer (Hangul: 그해여름) is a 2006 South Korean melodrama/romance film directed by Jo Keun-shik. The film stars Lee Byung-hun and Soo Ae.[2] It won Best Film and Best Director (for Jo) at the 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards in 2007.


To make up for her poor performance as an assistant producer, a girl promises to have her reserved but very renowned professor appear on their television series. The show involves locating the long-lost loved ones of the participant's past. Although hesitant at first, the professor finally agrees. His story takes the assistant back 50 years -- 1969 -- when the world is in chaos.

President Park Chung-hee is a dictator and the students are furious. Suk-young and a group of his classmates travel to the country to escape the tense city and help a small village become up-to-date with newly invented technology. It is there he meets Jung-in, a very pretty girl who is the custodian of the only library. Cheerful and happy, they first run across each other when Suk-young hears Jung-in singing while hanging up laundry. Over the period of time that Suk-young is at the village, they get to know each other more. Although Jung-in is hesitant, she gradually opens up to Suk-young. However, their bumpy courtship is threatened by dark secrets that Jung-in hides about her family and their history in the village, secrets that will haunt the pair as the volatile political climate catches up with them.


  • Lee Byung-hun as Yun Suk-young
  • Soo Ae as Seo Jung-in
  • Choi Deok-mun as Suk-young's senior
  • Jeong Seok-yong as Mr. Kim
  • Lee Hye-eun as Bok-ja
  • Lee Se-eun as Lee Su-jin
  • Na Ki-soo as Suk-young's father
  • Oh Dal-su as Nam Gyun-soo
  • Yoo Hae-jin as PD Kim
  • Park Nam-hee
  • Kim Jung-ki


Distribution rights to Japan were sold for US$4 million.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Geu-hae Yeo-reum (Once in a Summer) (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ "Korean Movie Synopsis: Once in a Summer". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Once in a Summer (Korea, 2006)". LoveHKFilm.com. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Once in a Summer to be Released in Japan". KBS Global. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 

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