Art Museum by the Zoo

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Art Museum by the Zoo
Art Museum by the Zoo film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byLee Jeong-hyang
Produced byLee Choon-yeon
Written byLee Jeong-hyang
StarringShim Eun-ha
Lee Sung-jae
Music byKim Yang-hui
CinematographyJo Yong-gyu
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Distributed byCinema Service
Release date
  • December 19, 1998 (1998-12-19)
Running time
108 minutes
CountrySouth Korea

Art Museum by the Zoo (Korean미술관 옆 동물원; RRMisulgwan yup dongmulwon) is a 1998 South Korean film written and directed by Lee Jeong-hyang.


On leave from the military, Cheol-soo arrives at his girlfriend's apartment only to find it occupied by another woman, Choon-hee. After a few days he finds out that his girlfriend is now engaged to someone else, and having nowhere else to go he ends up staying with Choon-hee. At first the two struggle to get along, but before long Chul-soo discovers that she is writing a screenplay to enter into a competition, and they end up working on a story together based on their own experiences of love, titling it "Art Museum by the Zoo."



Art Museum by the Zoo was released in South Korea on December 19, 1998, drawing a then-impressive 412,472 viewers in Seoul alone, making it the fifth best-selling Korean film of 1998.[1][2]

In 1999, Shim Eun-ha won Best Actress at the Grand Bell Awards, and Lee Sung-jae swept Best New Actor awards at the Baeksang Arts Awards, the Chunsa Film Art Awards, the Grand Bell Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Director Lee Jeong-hyang was praised for her sophisticated and detailed direction, and the film is now considered a classic of 1990s Korean cinema.[3]


  1. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 1998". Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  2. ^ Russell, Mark (6 January 2002). "Zoo a screenplay within a screenplay". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  3. ^ Sung, So-young (7 October 2011). "In new film, director puts spotlight back on women". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 9 July 2013.

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