Tears (film)

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Tears poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Nunmul
McCune–Reischauer Nunmul
Directed by Im Sang-soo
Written by Im Sang-soo
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
101 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget $1,000,000

Tears is a 2000 South Korean film directed by Im Sang-soo. It tells the story of 4 runaway teenagers in the Garibong-dong district of Seoul and their struggles to survive the tough streets.

Director Im had the idea for this film before he shot his first film, Girls' Night Out. He spent 5 months in the Garibong-dong district amongst the homeless runaway teenagers gaining their trust and learning their lives before putting pen to paper on the screenplay. It was shot on digital video to save production costs, and did not do well at the box office.


Han, a young runaway, and Chang, an over-the-top teen, are close friends. Chang is a foulmouthed, womanizer while Han is a quiet and humble virgin. As they venture into the streets of Garibong-dong and jump from apartment to apartment, they encounter a young hooker, Lan, and Seri, a paint-sniffing young woman who finds comfort in the hands of Han. And this forms the unlikely group of teenagers facing the hardships of street life.


  • 2000, FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention (For its ability to put real life on screen, and its extraordinary performances) at the Pusan International Film Festival


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