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Beonjijeompeureul hada (2001)

Two soulmates find each other only to be torn apart by tragedy. However, not even death can keep them apart...but can destiny?

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Credited cast:
... Seo In-woo
Eun-ju Lee ... In Tae-hee
Hyeon-Soo Yeo ... Lim Hyeon-bin
... Yeo Hye-su
... In-woo's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suk-Won Chang ... Cho Jae-Il
Ju-bong Gi ... Director of students affairs
... Sculpture professor
Beom-su Lee ... Lee Dae-Guen
... Kim Chul-Sung (as Gung-Min Nam)
Ji-hye Oh ... Supply teacher of Korean
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Two soulmates find each other only to be torn apart by tragedy. However, not even death can keep them apart...but can destiny?

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3 February 2001 (South Korea)  »

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Bungee Jumping of Their Own  »

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The film takes place in 1983 and 2000. See more »

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Standing at the edge of a cliff in 1983, Tae-hee talks about her wish to bungee jump in New Zealand. Commercial bungee jumping was introduced in New Zealand only in 1986. See more »

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In-woo's wife: Are you really gay?
Seo, In-woo: No.
In-woo's wife: Then what?
Seo, In-woo: I only love one person.
In-woo's wife: If you're going to love that one person, does it have to be a 17 year-old boy?
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Magical melodrama with unique twist
24 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

BUNGEE JUMPING OF THEIR OWN (Beonjijompeureul Hada)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

A high school teacher (Lee Byung-hun) suspects that a teenage boy (Yeo Hyun-soo) is the reincarnation of a girl he loved and lost 17 years earlier - and begins to fall in love with him...

The Korean movie renaissance continues apace with this extraordinary film from debut director Kim Dae-seung, working from Ko Eun-nim's equally extraordinary script, which tackles the universality of love in all its myriad forms. Hoping to spring a surprise on the film's notoriously conservative domestic audience, the distributors omitted virtually all references to the 'gay twist' from advance publicity materials, promoting the movie as a story of enduring love (the opening section is no different from dozens of other romantic dramas produced in SE Asia every year), headlined by some of the country's most popular actors.

Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun (JOINT SECURITY AREA) is utterly charming as the beleaguered protagonist who stands to lose his friends, family and livelihood because of a sudden, inexplicable identity crisis (he isn't 'gay' in the true sense of the word, he's simply found his soulmate in an unexpected place), and he makes a startling transition from gauche youth to confident adult, touched by eternity; his emotions are palpable, and deeply affecting. Lee Eun-ju is strong in a largely thankless role as the woman who captures Lee B-H's heart (sadly, the actress took her own life in February 2005), while rising star Yeo (BIRTH OF A MAN) holds his own as the young man caught up in circumstances beyond his control.

A romantic melodrama in the true sense, Kim's remarkable film balances magic and realism with exquisite grace (look out for the 'waltz at sunset' sequence, guaranteed to warm anyone's cockles), though the climactic descent into darker territory leads to an unexpected finale which is both sad and liberating, all at the same time. Unfortunately, the film has been saddled with an appalling English title which makes it sound like some kind of comedy, and prospective viewers are urged to look beyond this minor blemish. Brave, emotional, and played to perfection by a sterling cast, this is transgressive cinema at its most compelling.

(Korean dialogue)


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