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Christmas in August (1998)

Christmas in August





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Hur Jin-Ho's directorial debut came with this low-key Korean drama about a photographer, Jung-Won (Han Suk-Kyu), who runs a small studio in the almost rural environs of suburban Seoul. Days pass as he goes about his studio routines, enlarging class photos and taking family portraits. One day, Jung-Won meets young meter maid Da-Rim (Shim Eun-Ha) when she enters his establishment with a request for photos of parking violations. They make an unlikely twosome and are not immediately attracted to each other. Even so, they go on a date to an amusement park. Over time, a friendship develops, but Jung-Won has an unspecified terminal illness, a fact which is known only to his immediate family. Shown in the Critics Week section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jin-ho Hur, Hur Jin-ho, Oh Seung-Wook, Shin Dong-Hwan
On DVD: Aug 23, 2005


as Jung-Won Han
Shin Koo
as Father
Oh Ji-Hae
as Jung-Sook
Lee Han-wi
as Chul-Ku
Kwon Hae-Won
as Hyo-Jung
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Critic Reviews for Christmas in August

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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Unfortunately, the film's cloying score trickles through scenes like sap . . . works best when circling quietly around its characters and attuned to the dying strains of faded romance.

March 16, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for Christmas in August


This film was amazingly heart shaking, and showed very sad but warm view toward life in Korea. I thought we as foreigners would not understand this delicate feeling and under rate this quiet film as a boring one, But I was wrong.
This was without a doubt, one of the most accomplished films for any director. The film was only 90 minutes long, but managed to say just everything about life and death. Not much action, and dialogue was minimal, but the movie flowed perfectly and demands your attention due to the wonderfully natural feel of everything going on. The performances by the leads were perfect, and even some supporting characters get strong emotional scenes. This film made you realize that life is fragile and short. and a view for better understanding how precious life is.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

One of my favorite movies. I gave it 5/5(1 more than most people) because I had some demons this movie helped me deal with.

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