London Korean Film Night: Christmas in August (1998)


In a quiet corner of Seoul, Jung-Won runs a small photo studio. A humble shack passed down from his widower father, the studio is a space where Jung-Won goes about his daily routine of dealing with fussy customers, enlarging photos of class heartthrobs for local kids and photographing pictures to place on funeral altars. For Jung-Won, life seems to be a series of peaceful events, but in reality his time on earth is too limited for comfort. Life goes on as usual until one day he meets Darim. Darim, who works at the Traffic Control Division of the local district office, is a regular customer at the studio. Her daily visits to develop snapshots of parking violations, and her somewhat bold attempts to capture his attention stir feelings of anticipation inside Jung-Won. As his health gradually deteriorates, Jung-Won is faced with the painful duty of bidding farewell to family, friends, to the studio and to Darim.

Director: Hur Jin-ho
Running Time: 97
Screening Date: May 14, 2015 / 7pm
Theatre: Korean Cultural Centre UK

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