The Old Garden
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|The Old Garden|
|Revised Romanization||Oraedoen jeongwon|
|Directed by||Im Sang-soo|
|Produced by||MBC Production|
|Written by||Im Sang-soo|
|Distributed by||Cineclick Asia|
The Old Garden (오래된 정원) is a 2007 South Korean film, based on the novel by the same name, by the author Hwang Sok-yong. It is directed by Im Sang-soo and stars Yeom Jeong-ah, Ji Jin-Hee and Yoon Yeo-jeong. It is adapted from a best-selling novel by Hwang Suk-young. It premiered at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival.
Hyun-Woo is released from prison after spending 17 years behind bars. During his college days he was involved in the student led anti-government protests that swept across Korea in the early 1980s. Now that he is finally free, Hyun-Woo travels back to the town where he spent a few precious months immediately prior to his arrest.
Seventeen years ago, Hyun-Woo fled into the rural area of Korea, hiding from the government that was trying to quash his anti-government group. He found sanctuary in the home of Han Yun-Hee. She was a former sympathizer to the anti-government cause, but now living a modest life as a teacher in a small rural community. The couple quickly became intimate, Hyun-Woo able to provide the spark that was missing from Yun-Hee’s simple life.
Unfortunately, while Hyun-Woo was still hiding in Yun-hee’s home, he learned that most of his fellow anti-government protesters were captured & imprisoned. Even though the government now has Hyun-Woo high on their wanted list, he feels ashamed that he is living peacefully, while his friends are imprisoned. Thus, he makes the difficult decision to leave Yun-hee and go back to the movement centered in Seoul. What he would later learn is that he left behind the sole person that would stay faithful to him throughout his 17 year imprisonment and also the woman that was carrying his baby.
Awards and nominations
- Nomination – Best Screenplay - Im Sang-soo
- Nomination – Best Editing
- 2007 Baeksang Arts Awards
- Best Actress - Yeom Jeong-ah
- "Box office by Country: Old Garden Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04
- The Old Garden at the Internet Movie Database
- The Old Garden (오래된 정원), @ The Korea Society Film Journal
- The Old Garden (오래된 정원) Goes to San Sebastian @ Twitch Film
- The Old Garden at HanCinema