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Director:
Writers:
Jin-ho Hur (writer)
Seung-ook Oh (writer)
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Release Date:
24 January 1998 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A shy bachelor and a young meter maid enjoy a brief friendship during a heatwave. See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Palwolui Christmas" - South Korea (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Quotes:
Jung-won:[Sitting on a rubber tire in his old school playground] When I was a kid I always sat alone in the playground after the other boys had gone. Thinking about my late mother, it struck me that we'd all disappear in the end... my father, my sister, all my best friends.See more »
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Referenced in My Sassy Girl (2001)See more »

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A shy bachelor and a young meter maid enjoy a brief friendship during a heatwave., 13 September 1998
Author: Robert Beaton (mlaucke@colba.net) from Montreal, Canada

A quiet young bachelor runs a little photo studio in Seoul. His day to day life consists of opening and closing the store, spending time with his elderly father and the occasional visit to the hospital to receive treatment for a serious illness. The woman he loved since high school has married somebody else and now has a family. They remain acquaintances but the situation is too awkward for them to be close. One day he meets and becomes friends with a young meter maid who regularly visits his studio to develop her photos of illegally parked cars. During the hottest days of summer they allow a bond to form.

This is a truly touching movie that never gets bogged down in sentimentality. The characters are simple, but recognizable and very likable. Although they never openly reveal what is going on in their hearts, the mood and acting in this picture convey it to us perfectly. The story is sad, but never melodramatic. The final sequence, set on a wintry street, is beautiful and moving. This movie deserves to be an international hit.

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