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Christmas in August (8월의 크리스마스)

8월의 크리스마스 (8 weol-eui Keu-ri-seu-ma-seu)

Directed by Heo Jin-ho (허진호)

Screenplay by ,


97min | Release date in South Korea :

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 the neighborhood 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. Barely in his mid-30's, but perhaps too aware of the meaning of death, Jung-won accepts his fate despite the subtle gestures of concern he gets from his old father and younger sister. Life goes on as usual until one day he meets Darim, an employee at the Traffic Control Division of the local district office. She is a regular customer at the studio who comes everyday to develop snapshots of parking violations. 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 and to Darim.


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  •'s list of must-see films: Christmas in August

    2014/07/04, Source,
    "Christmas in August" (1998) Directed by Heo Jin-ho Jeong-won, played by Han Seok-Kyu, is a photographer in his 30s who works out of his own studio on the outskirts of Seoul. He is terminally ill, and accepts his fate. His Life Goes on as usual. He encounters a number of customers: A student from his high school days wants to enlarge a photograph of a girl he might be falling in love with. A middle-aged woman seeks restoration of old photographs taken during her youth. Another woman in her last years visits the studio alone to take a portrait in preparation for her funeral. Living a monotonous life, Jeong-won quietly prepares for his own death. He creates a manual so that his father, played by Sin Goo, is able to operate the video player on his own,...More
  • Jeon Do-yeon starts on 'Rouge'

    2014/06/09, Source,
    Shortly after coming back to Korea from Cannes, actress Jeon Do-yeon started filming her new movie "Rouge", which will be directed by Oh Seung-wook, who wrote the classic Korean romance film "Christmas in August" (1998). The actress, who was selected for the main competition jury for the 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival, along with director Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Winding Refn in May, will be playing a character named Hye-kyung in the new film. Joining her is actor Kim Nam-gil of the MBC drama "Queen Seon-deok" (2009), Hye-kyung's boyfriend who runs away after being accused of murder,...More
  • American critic creates award for Korean indie films

    2014/03/29, Source,
    Film critic Darcy Paquet is the creator of the Wildflower Film Awards Korea. (photo: Jeon Han) Independent directors and actors often produce films just for the sake of making films, because they love films. These movies are often ignored and go unnoticed by the general public. An American film critic who has been writing about Korean films for over ten years has now created a film award for Korean indie films to help them get recognized. Darcy Paquet, 42, recently established the Wildflower Film Awards Korea for Korean indie films and low-budget movies,...More
  • Shim Eun-ha back on radio

    2014/01/10, Source,
    Actress Shim Eun-ha, famous for her roles in the 1998 movies "Art Museum By The Zoo" and "Christmas in August", is hosting a radio program for the first time in 13 years. She has been hosting "A Tea with Shim Eun-ha" since Monday, on radio channel FEBC, a station that focuses mostly on broadcasting religious information, the station said yesterday,...More
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 Produced by
 Cha Seung-jae (차승재)
 Jo Seong-woo (조성우)
 Ryoo Jang-ha (류장하)
 Assistant director
97 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
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Airing dates : 1998/01/24
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2013.11.24 : 22 458 admissions (total)
As of 2013.11.17 : 17 270 admissions (total)
As of 2013.11.10 : 11 133  admissions (total)
As of 2008.09.28 : 610 admissions (total)

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movie makes me cry
2011-06-05 10:38:33
2008-08-18 21:12:00
i really fell in love in this movie, i love han's subtle acting in all of his movies that i have already watched. great actor, really.
Gosh. What a Beautiful movie. Shim Eun-ha was amazing. Played her part perfectly. I just wished, somehow He could have lived, and he and Darim married and lived a long happy life together... But of course that did not happen. Seems to happen that way a l
2007-08-16 20:07:35
2007-07-02 00:35:40
i wonder how the grandma is. when darim marries one day, maybe she can share her beautiful love story that never was with her husband.
Han Seok Kyu Best actor in both ACTION and Drama.
2007-06-11 22:48:22
2006-10-30 18:19:33
I love the subtle style of this movie. Superb acting and some really beautiful scenes.
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