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Green Fish (초록물고기)

초록물고기 (Cho-rok-mool-go-gi)

Directed by Lee Chang-dong (이창동)

Screenplay by ,


114min | Release date in South Korea :

This is a melodrama depicting death, love, pain, and the hardships that an innocent young man experiences in a violent society, where the meaning of family vanishes because of industrialization. Mak-Dong finishes his military service and is on the way home, when he helps Mi-Ae, who is being harassed by gangsters. As a result, he misses his train. Mak-Dong arrives home with her rosy scarf in his hand. Nobody welcomes Mak-Dong except his big brother with polio. Mak-Dong except his big brother with polio. Mak-Dong wishes he managed a good restaurant so that all the family members could live together. So he goes to Seoul searching for work and goes to the night club where Mi-Ae sings, to return her scarf. Mi-Ae is the mistress of the gangster Bae Tae-Gon. She finds a job for Mak-Dong through Tae-Gon. Mak-Dong begins to work in the parking lot and falls into the Family of violence...
International Film Festivals
2003 Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival ,
2003 Prague International Film Festival Febiofest ,
2004 Jakarta International Film Festival,
2005 the Tiger Eye Firecracker Showcase,
2005 Filmasia Film Festival , Tribute to actor Han Seok-kyu
2008 Fribourg International Film Festival, Tribute to Lee Chang-dong

Box Office in Seoul (Admission) : 163.655


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 Produced by
 Myeong Kye-nam (명계남)
 Yeo Gyoon-dong (여균동)
Cinema Service (시네마서비스)
 Lee Mi-yun (이미연)
 Production department
 Oh Seung-wook (오승욱)
 Assistant director
 Hong Hyun-gi (홍현기)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Myeong Kye-nam (명계남)
 Production department
 Yeo Gyoon-dong (여균동)
 Production department
 Lee Dong-joon (이동준)
 Kyeong Min-ho (경민호)
 Editing department
 Park Nam-hyeon (박남현)
 Martial arts director
114 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
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Airing dates : 1997/02/07

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Lee Chang-dong was influenced by Hou Hsiao-hsien's realism, & forced to do gangster genre in his 1st film. Don't judge this based on his later movies. This has great emotional value for the Korean generation who lived through the story.
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