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Beyond the Years (천년학)

천년학 (Cheon-nyeon-hak)

Directed by Im Kwon-taek (임권택)

Screenplay by ,

Drama Melodrama Romance

106min | Release date in South Korea :


Dong-ho and Song-hwa are separately adopted by Yu-bong (Lim Jin-ta), a nomadic singer, and grow up as siblings. Dong-ho falls in love with Song-hwa, but he suffers from the fact that he has to call her sister and constantly fight with Yu-bong’s obsession to make her a great singer. Eventually, Dong-ho leaves home. However, with his unchanging affection for Song-hwa, he keeps following traces of his love while refining his drumming skills in order to match well with her singing. This is the heart-touching love story of Song-hwa, who devotes her life and love to her talent for Pansori (a traditional Korean form of narrative song), and Dong-ho, who has devoted his life to loving her.


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  • Traditional Korean opera moves into the 21st century

    2013/03/17, Source,
    Kim Seong-nyeo aims to wean changgeuk, or traditional opera, off government funds. By Jeon Ho-seong Kim Seong-nyeo, artistic director of the National Changgeuk Company, is trying to draw theatergoers back to Korean traditional opera. Though Kim is an expert in madangnori, or traditional outdoor performances, she has shifted to changgeuk (traditional opera) since taking her new job last year. She began with an international reinterpretation of "Mr. Rabbit and the Dragon King" in 2011 and sold out tickets to thriller "Janghwa and Hongryeon" and comedy "Baebijang-jeon" last year,...More
  • (41) Im Kwon-taek brought Korean tradition to screen

    2012/07/01, Source,
    Director Im Kwon-taek received an honorary Berlin Bear award for his lifetime achievement at the 55th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin in 2005. / Korea Times By Andrew Salmon A master of pansori ― a form of vocal Korean opera ― leads his adopted son and daughter through the backwaters of rural Korea. The troupe scratch an increasingly precarious living as itinerant musicians while their master, refusing to compromise with modernity, strictly trains them in the traditional art which is his only skill and his motive passion. But with the country swept up in massive social upheavals between the 1940s, 50s and 60s, their art form is losing its cachet, relevance and audiences. The son decides to abandon his life as a wandering troubadour and embrace modern music. The father ― believing that suffering is essential to create great art, unwilling to change with the times and desperate to keep his hold on to his adopted daughter, an extraordinary vocal talent ― is driven to commit an act of unforgettable cruelty,...More
  • HAF feature interview with JEON Soo-il, "Another Country"

    2012/03/11, Source,
    Director Jeon Soo-il is due to participate in the upcoming Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) with the project "Another Country". At the time of writing, he was shooting his latest film "El Condor Pasa" in Busan and Peru. "Another Country" will be his next film after "El Condor Pasa". Jeon's previous films include "With a Girl of Black Soil" (2007), which won two awards at the Venice film festival, "Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells", which screened at Karlovy Vary and Sao Paulo, "I Came from Busan" (2009), which went to the San Sebastian film festival, and his most recent "Pink" (2011) which premiered at last year's Busan International Film Festival,...More
  • Filmmaker Im to get achievement award

    2011/07/04, Source,
    By Do Je-hae

    Filmmaker Im Kwon-taek will receive an achievement award from the Korea Evergreen Association, a civic organization devoted to,...
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 Kim Mi-yeong (김미영)
 Production department
 Lee Cheong-joon (이청준)
 Original work
 Park Soon-deok (박순덕)
 Lee Jeon-ho (이전호)
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 Jeong Seong-il-I (정성일)
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Release date in South Korea : 2007/04/12
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As of 2007.04.15 : 965,594 admissions (total)

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I enjoyed it greatly. very interesting. plot was a bit complicated. but well put together.
2007-07-24 07:58:07
2007-07-21 15:18:17
is the box office figures right? this was a flop (unfortunately)
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