Beyond the Years

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Beyond the Years
Beyond the Years.jpg
Revised Romanization Cheon-nyeon-hak
McCune–Reischauer Ch‘ŏn-nyŏn-hak
Directed by Im Kwon-taek
Produced by Lee Hee-won
Kim Jong-won
Written by Kim Mi-yeong
Based on "The Wanderer of Seonhak-dong"
by Lee Cheong-jun
Starring Cho Jae-hyun
Oh Jung-hae
Oh Seung-eun
Music by Kunihiko Ryo
Cinematography Jeong Il-seong
Edited by Park Soon-deok
Distributed by Prime Entertainment
Release date
  • April 12, 2007 (2007-04-12)
Running time
106 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$902,591[1]

Beyond the Years (Hangul천년학; RRCheon-nyeon-hak) is a 2007 South Korean drama film. Celebrating 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.[2] Despite being an informal sequel to Im's phenomenally successful Sopyonje (1993), Beyond the Years was not popular with Korean audiences.[3]


Dong-ho and Song-hwa are separately adopted by Yu-bong (Im Jin-taek), 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.



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