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Jin-ho Hur (writer)
Seung-ook Oh (writer)
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Release Date:
24 January 1998 (South Korea) See more »
Hahn Suk-Kyu suffers from a fatal disease. He meets Shim Eun-Ha and falls in love with her. What will be the fate of this love - will it be a tragic ending? | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Suk-kyu Han ... Jung-won
Eun-ha Shim ... Da-rim
Goo Shin ... Jung-won's father
Ji-hye Oh ... Jung-sook
Han-wi Lee ... Chul-goo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mi-seon Jeon ... Ji-won
Hye-won Kwon ... Hyo-jung
Yong-jin Park

Directed by
Jin-ho Hur 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jin-ho Hur  writer
Seung-ook Oh  writer
Dong-hwan Shin  writer

Cinematography by
Yong-kil You 
Film Editing by
Sung-Won Hahm  (as Sung-won Ham)
Art Direction by
Jin-han Kim 
Costume Design by
Sang-hoon Park 
Music Department
Sung-woo Jo .... musical director (as Sung-woo Cho)


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Also Known As:
"Palwolui Christmas" - South Korea (original title)
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97 min

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[last lines]
Jung-won:[narrating] I always knew that feelings of love would fade - just like old photographs. But for you... you will always remain in my heart, as you are in my last moment. Thank you, and goodbye.
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Hooray for Korean Cinema!, 27 August 2002
Author: oscar jubis ( from miami, FL

Hooray for Korean cinema! Last year I saw "Chungyang" and "Nowhere to hide", now I catch up with Hur Jin-ho's directorial debut "Christmas in august". The variety of themes and level of achievement speak highly of a national cinema ripe for discovery. This film's major themes are death and love. The graceful and thoughtful way Jung Won(Han Suk-kyu) copes with his impending death, and the sublimation of his desires toward Darim(Shim Eun-Ha) out of true love for her. I was deeply moved by his careful management of behavior and emotions, shielding Darim from unnecessary pain without rejecting her.

The success of this type of film is predicated on the skill of the actors. Han and Shim excel, being both quite expressive yet naturalistic. A number of secondary characters, Jung Won's relatives, friends, and clients, are quickly delineated to enrich the story without detracting from its main focus. To LIVE is to love, but all things must pass. Pain subsides. Life goes on.

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