Summertime (2001 film)

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Hangul 썸머타임
Revised Romanization Sseommeotaim
McCune–Reischauer Ssŏmmŏtaim
Directed by Park Jae-ho
Produced by Cha Seung-jae
Written by Yu Gap-yeol
Based on Scorpio Nights
by Peque Gallaga
Starring Ryu Soo-young
Kim Ji-hyun
Music by Um In-ho
Cinematography Shin Hyun-joong
Edited by Park Soon-duk
Release date
  • May 26, 2001 (2001-05-26)
Running time
103 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Summertime (Hangul썸머타임; RRSseommeotaim) is a 2001 South Korean film directed by Park Jae-ho and starring Ryu Soo-young and Kim Ji-hyun. A remake of the controversial Philippine film Scorpio Nights (1985), the film was also inspired by the Gwangju massacre.[1][2]


Set in the 1980s, Sang-ho is a student activist hiding out in a small rural village. He accidentally witnesses, through a hole on the floor of his second story room, a married couple having sex. He discovers he is a voyeur at heart and becomes bolder and bolder in his actions. One day, he gets an opportunity to play out his fantasies. When the husband is not home, Sang-ho goes downstairs. Imitating the husband's manner of foreplay even down to the sequence, the young man has sex with the wife. She, like Sang-ho, is a prisoner of the house. The second time he comes to her, he touches her in a different way which makes her turn around and discover that there is a stranger in her bed. But this does not deter her as she reaches out to him for an intense embrace. The husband, Tae-yeol, is an ex-policeman fired for alleged corruption, and his wife Hee-ran, who was raped by him as a young girl, for the sake of status quo has ended up as his wife and prisoner.


  • Ryu Soo-young as Sang-ho
  • Kim Ji-hyun as Hee-ran
  • Choi Cheol-ho as Tae-yeol
  • Song Ok-sook as Gi-ok
  • Bae Jeong-yun as Young-mi
  • Choi Seong-min
  • Yun Yeong-keol
  • Jang Seong-won
  • Kim Seon-hwa
  • Lee Seung-hun
  • Ahn Byeong-kyeong
  • Park Hoon-jung as child in the playground


  1. ^ "Summer Time (2001) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. 26 January 2003. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Voyeurism, politics and desire in Summer Time". The Korea Times via Hancinema. 25 March 2004. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 

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