"The original novel, The Eagle-Shooting Heroes, is a four-volume epic with hundreds of characters. It's very complicated to follow that structure in a 90-minute film, so we used the seasons because it's a cycle and about repetitions. We want to see the changes of these people, emotionally and physically. In the novel most of the characters are 70 years old; they're at the end of their lives. In a way, we know the ending already and have to invent a story backwards. So in that sense it's a bit fatalistic. It's not like the standard martial-arts film; it's more like Shakespeare meets Sergio Leone, but in Chinese." [WKW]
Nice Korean romcom with the ever cheerful Jun Ji-hyun. I was slightly disappointed that the story remained too centred on the two main characters; I would've loved to know more about the fate of the girl's parents or the failed love story between her grandpa and the old lady.