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Peppermint Candy (1999)

Bakha satang (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1 January 2000 (South Korea)
Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end.

Director:

Chang-dong Lee

Writer:

Chang-dong Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kyung-gu Sol ... Yongho
Moon So-Ri ... Sunim
Kim Yeo-Jin ... Hongja
Se-beom Park Se-beom Park ... Shinkwang man
Jung Suh ... Miss Lee
Seo-hie Ko ... Kyung-ah
Ji-Yeon Park Ji-Yeon Park ... Female student
Dae-yeon Lee ... Detective Kang
Kyeong-ik Kim Kyeong-ik Kim ... Myungsik
Woo-hyeok Jeong Woo-hyeok Jeong ... Corporal Park
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang-soo Bae Jang-soo Bae ... Camera shop owner
In-kwon Kim ... Sergeant Lee
Yeon-su Yu Yeon-su Yu
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Storyline

Yong Ho, a problematic guy, is walking alone at the riverside. He suddenly bumped with his friend's reunion. He join them and after that go to the railway to commit suicide.Then, the train reverse back to show why he become like that from the beginning. Covers five phase of his life. Written by luraz isketambola

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Drama

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Yongho: I don't want to die alone. I need one bastard to come with me. Just one bastard among all that ruined my life. But then... Who should I kill? It gives me hard time, you know. To pick just one is hard thing to do. The fucking stock broker who made me go clean broke? The vampire like loan shark that charged the ridiculous interest? Or... how about the business partner who run away with my money? Or should I take my ex-wife and my kid to die with me? There're so many fuckers in my life that it's ...
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Written by Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh
Performed by Ray Peterson
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This movie was really beautiful.
1 July 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"Peppermint Candy" was really a nice surprise of a movie. Initially it started out a little bit strange and slow, but the story quickly kicked in and got under my skin. And once that happened, the movie just swept me away.

The movie starts out where we see a very trouble man at a reunion of sorts and he ends up committing suicide at an oncoming train. Then the story leads us back in time, lettings us travel to crucial points in the man's past, seeing what caused the man's current state of mind at the suicide point. So this was a reverse travel, seeing how the man's psyche changed gradually.

I must say that "Peppermint Candy" was really a beautiful movie, and it was a real visual treat to watch. Especially the train scenes, watching the train drive on the track, but it was filmed in reverse (just pay attention to the surroundings around the tracks, and you will see), and that was a major important factor to the movie, as it was metaphorical for taking us further back in time, to another milestone in the main character's history.

"Peppermint Candy" is a strong story-driven movie, but it is also driven by some amazing acting performances. The actors and actresses really did great jobs with their given roles, and they made the movie really come to life on the screen. Especially Kyung-gu Sol (playing Yong-ho) did an amazing job with his acting, just as what he did in the 2002 movie "Oasis". He is phenomenal at this kind of serious acting.

This is another great movie from Third Window Films, and they do deal in movies that are not mainstream Hollywood types of movies. So these movies might not be suitable for the average audience, but appeals to a more sophisticated and mature audience, who want more than just mindless entertainment, but prefer something with depth and meaning, something to challenge us and make us think. And "Peppermint Candy" is just that kind of movie.

If you like Korean movies, and like movies that are heavy on the story-driven aspect, then delve into "Peppermint Candy", because it is really a breathtakingly beautiful movie, and the story is so well told that it will stick with you for a while. And the reverse chronological order in which the story is told was just a touch of genius.


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Official Sites:

East Film

Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

1 January 2000 (South Korea) See more »

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$89,184
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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