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Poetry (2010)

Shi (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama | 11 February 2011 (USA)
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A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Director:

Chang-dong Lee

Writer:

Chang-dong Lee
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Credited cast:
Jeong-hie Yun ... Yang Mi-ja
Lee Da-wit ... Jong-wook (as David Lee)
Hee-ra Kim ... Elder Kang
Nae-sang Ahn ... Ki-beom's Father
Yong-taek Kim ... Poet Kim Yong-taek
Myung-shin Park ... Hee-jin's Mother
Jong-goo Kim ... Park Sang-tae
Kim Hye-Jung ... Jo Mi-hye
Bok-gi Min ... Soon-jeong's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang Hye-Jin ... Mr. Kang's second daughter-in-law (as Hyae Jin Chang)
Ja-yeong Kim Ja-yeong Kim ... Bus woman
Nam-jin Kim Nam-jin Kim ... Soo-ok
Hyeok-soo Kwon Hyeok-soo Kwon ... Read the poem member
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A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

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Drama

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The idea for the film had its origin in a real-life case where a small town schoolgirl had been raped by a gang of teenage boys. When director Chang-dong Lee heard about the incident, it made an impact on him, although he hadn't been interested in basing a film on the actual events. Later, during a visit in Japan, Lee saw a television program in his hotel room. The program was edited entirely from relaxing shots of nature, "a peaceful river, birds flying, fishermen on the sea with soft new-age music in the background," and a vision for a possible feature film started to form. "Suddenly, it reminded me of that horrible incident, and the word 'poetry' and the image of a 60-year old woman came up in my mind. See more »

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Referenced in Fokus på Film fra Sør (2011) See more »

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Masterful filmmaking
24 December 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Reading Poetry's summary, one sees a sentimental film. I surely wasn't sure if I wanted to see this or not. I am completely happy I did.

What we have here is a slow-paced, delicate film. But it doesn't sway in sentimentality. It's subtle, quiet, and perhaps the most gentle film of the year, but it also wallows in the study of a suburban woman and in many ways feels like a dark portrait of a story. Yoon Jeong-hee is magnificent! She conveys so much emotion, and we realize just how quickly we want to see her journey here. The direction is assured, quitely letting us explore, never calling attention to itself. The screenplay is brilliant, and has the ideal arc needed for a film like this.

There are many amazing moments in this film, moments that really grabbed me and that emotionally shook me. One of the best films of the year in an already amazing year for film.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW1,300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,900, 13 February 2011

Gross USA:

$356,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,539,040
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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