(Korean with English subtitles) Invited to Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, as well as the NY Asian Film Festival, this atypical love story stars two 70+ actors portraying lovers that meet...
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One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran ... See full summary »
Seok-joong, a farmer in his mid thirties, is desperate to find a wife and settle down. After backing out of a scheme to set him up with a Filipino bride, he falls head over heels in love ... See full summary »
(Korean with English subtitles) Invited to Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, as well as the NY Asian Film Festival, this atypical love story stars two 70+ actors portraying lovers that meet after they are widowed. Met with controversy in Korea for its explicit sexuality, the film brings an unblinking eye to the portrayal of our forgotten seniors. Written by
enigmatic "plot." Episodic glimpses (often, sexually graphic) of an old married couple, built around the lyrics of "Youth Song."
I don't speak Korean, so I watched this film with English subtitles. Among the many Asian films I've watched, this has to be the most bizarre. It has an ethnographic quality, bringing "Nanuk of the North" to mind. "Too Young" maintains a tight focus on two or three scenes, and its two 70+ characters, a man and his wife. The film drags, especially during its protracted, grainy, low-light, love-making scenes. I grew bored and giggly--surely not the filmmaker's intent, which seems to have been to portray the notion that old age is not synonymous with loss of vitality and the inability to learn new things. However, what struck me was the emotional immaturity of this couple, not their ability to "get it up." The Korean film "Oasis" was very engaging, but "Too Young to Die" is more a curiosity than an entertainment.
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