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Wonangsori (2008)

An elderly farmer lives out his final days with his wife and a loyal ox in the Korean countryside.

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Chung-ryoul Lee
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4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Won-gyoon Choi Won-gyoon Choi ... Himself
Sam-soon Lee Sam-soon Lee ... Herself
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An elderly farmer lives out his final days with his wife and a loyal ox in the Korean countryside.

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Viejo compañero See more »

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Poetic and quietly extraordinary
9 February 2009 | by ethanstraffinSee all my reviews

Of the three dozen films I managed to see at Sundance this year, "Old Partner" was my favorite, despite some extremely tough competition. It took me completely by surprise and left me wondering how on earth it came about. (First-time director Chung-ryoul Lee wasn't present for a Q&A, so I wasn't able to ask.) I don't see it getting any kind of significant distribution in the U.S., but I'm hoping against hope that I'm wrong.

I mean, seriously: why would you make a documentary about a South Korean farmer, his oddly lovable harpy of a wife, and their ox, as the three of them approach the ends of their lives together? I have no idea, but this film made me laugh and cry and recall once again (just in case I was in any danger of forgetting) how astonishing the medium of film can be in the right hands.


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