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An Affair (1998)

Jung sa (original title)
A woman in her late thirties, married to an architect in Seoul, with one brattish son and a life in dire need of a service, is asked by her sister, who lives in America, to help her fiancé ... See full summary »

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Je-yong Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-jae Lee ... Woo In (as Jung-Jae Lee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Min Kim Min Kim ... Ji-Hyun
Mi-sook Lee ... So-Hyun
Young-chang Song ... Jun-Il
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A woman in her late thirties, married to an architect in Seoul, with one brattish son and a life in dire need of a service, is asked by her sister, who lives in America, to help her fiancé find an apartment. He is 11 years younger, tall, serious and attractive. She begins to look forward to their journeys. He does more. He recognizes something that she has long forgotten - her beauty and sensuality. Their affair follows a recognizable route from sexual excitement to anguish and guilt. Written by lament

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South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

3 October 1998 (South Korea) See more »

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An Affair See more »

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Can the adultery be a mean for people to find oneself?
25 September 2001 | by nkw88See all my reviews

This film is about alienation, the mutual sympathy, and finding oneself rather than just an love affair of a middle aged woman. It is revealed by the scenes in which Seo-Hyun(LEE Mi-Sook) meets Wu-In (LEE Jung-Jae) that she is captured in her everyday life with her husband. Their meeting and dating always are set in the Nature or open space with bright color tone- lake, woods, and garden.

But her husband always appears within the closed place - a little bit dark and blue interior with cold tone. Though she does not express her dissatisfaction nor shows her facial expression, the surroundings tell viewers what she feels.

LEE Mi-Sook, the heroine of this film, comes back to Korean Film industry from her near 10 year reclusive marriage and shows the beauty of mature Korean woman as Isabelle Huppert shows her gorgeousness in 'School of Flesh'. Director LEE Jae-Yong chooses the minimalist direction in this film and lets the characters, settings, and tones reveal some meanings themselves and lets audience feel the film rather explain how she is gorgeous.

Usually heroines of melodrama weep and cry too much in this situation. But LEE Mi-Sook's performance style is very different from the typical melodramatic performance. She shows nothing but her feeling is allegorized by the surroundings.


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