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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 , ,

Drama Melodrama Romance

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.


Christmas in August | Cast

  • Han Suk-kyu (한석규)
    Han Suk-kyu (한석규)
    Jeong-won (정원)
  • Shim Eun-ha (심은하)
    Shim Eun-ha (심은하)
    Da-rim (다림)
  • Shin Goo (신구)
    Shin Goo (신구)
    Jeong-won's father (정원 부)
  • Oh Ji-hye (오지혜)
    Oh Ji-hye (오지혜)
    Jeong-won's younger sister Jeongs-sook (정원 여동생 정숙)
  • Lee Han-wi (이한위)
    Lee Han-wi (이한위)
    Jeong-won's friend Cheol-goo (정원 친구 철구)
  • Jeon Mi-sun (전미선)
    Jeon Mi-sun (전미선)
    Ji-won (지원)
    Kwon Hye-won (권혜원)
    Hyo-jeong (효정)
    Son Se-gwang (손세광)
    Cheol (철)
    Choi Seon-joong (최선중)
    Seok-hee (석희)
    Kim Ae-ra (김애라)
    Yeong-jeong's grandmother (영정 할머니)
  • Min Kyung-jin (민경진)
    Min Kyung-jin (민경진)
    Son (아들)
  • Lee Yong-nyeo (이용녀)
    Lee Yong-nyeo (이용녀)
    Ballet middle-aged woman (발레 아줌마)
    Choi Myeong-sook (최명숙)
    Large hair woman (머리 큰 여자)
  • Kim Gi-cheon (김기천)
    Kim Gi-cheon (김기천)
    Police station drunk (경찰서 취객)
    Sin Sam-bong (신삼봉)
    Cobbler (시비꾼)
  • Jeon Dae-byung (전대병)
    Jeon Dae-byung (전대병)
    Police officer (경찰관)
  • Kim Do-yoon (김도윤)
    Kim Do-yoon (김도윤)
    Police slower (경찰 서행인)
    Jeon Tae-chi (전태치)
    Public service employee 1 (공익근무원 1)
    Ryoo Gwang-cheol (류광철)
    Public service employee 2 (공익근무원 2)
    Jang Hye-yoon (장혜윤)
    Traffic warden 1 (주차단속원 1)
    Choi Jin-kyeong (최진경)
    Traffic warden 2 (주차단속원 2)
    Lee Min-soo (이민수)
    Traffic warden 3 (주차단속원 3)
  • Kim Jae-rok (김재록)
    Kim Jae-rok (김재록)
    Jeong-won's friend 1 (정원 친구 1)
    Lee Chan-woo (이찬우)
    Jeong-won's friend 2 (정원 친구 2)
    Kang Seung-yong (강승용)
    Jeong-won's friend 3 (정원 친구 3)
    Lee Seok-woo (이석우)
    Jeong-won's friend 4 (정원 친구 4)
  • Park Yong-jin (박용진)
    Park Yong-jin (박용진)
    Jeong-won's friend 5 (정원 친구 5)
    Heo Jang-geun (허장근)
    Boy 1 (소년 1)
    Yoon Dong-won (윤동원)
    Boy 2 (소년 2)
    Joo Seon-oong (주선웅)
    Boy 3 (소년3)
    Yoon Hyeong-moon (윤형문)
    Different photographer (다른 사진사)

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    Jeong-won (played by Han Suk-kyu) is a photographer living a quiet life far from the bustle of the city. "Christmas in August" mostly just allows Jeong-won to be happy. He loves photography. Jeong-won takes genuine joy in the perfectionist pursuit of preserving the best possible image of a person for all eternity. Jeong-won too strives to live his own life in that way, maintaining an assuredly pleasant demeanor for people to remember him by,...More

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 Produced by
 Cha Seung-jae (차승재)
 Ryu Jang-ha (류장하)
 Assistant director
 Im Hee-chul-I (임희철)
 Production department
 Park Heung-sik (박흥식)
 Assistant director
 Shin Dong-hwan (신동환)
 Assistant director
 Kim Il-jong (김일종)
 Assistant director
 Jo Seong-woo (조성우)
 Score composer
Technical Information
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 2019.10.20 :  26 946  admissions (total)
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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