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Poetry (시)

시 (Si)

Directed by Lee Chang-dong (이창동)

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139min | Release date in South Korea :

The latest feature film by Lee Chang-dong is currently competing at the Cannes Film Festival and is available with English subtitles at select theaters. Mi-ja (Yoon Jung-hee) leads a hand-to-mouth life raising her teenage grandson by herself. She nevertheless, retains a childlike innocence and curiosity, and becomes immersed in the world of poetry and beauty when she enrolls in a local writing class. But when she learns of a shocking revelation, she must confront the ugly side of life, and take matters into her own hands.


Poetry | HanCinema Reviews

  • [Guest Film Review] "Poetry"

    One of the most important South Korean filmmakers, Lee Chang-dong, directs and pens another masterpiece, this time using a real-life case where a small town schoolgirl was raped by a gang of teenage boys, as a base, to focus, instead, on the character of one of the boy's grandmother. For the part, he chose, and actually wrote the lead part for Yoon Jung-hee, a star of the 60s and the 70s who had retired in 1994. The result is truly magnificent,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry"

    A selection of stills from Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry" This award-winning piece of cine-magic explores the final chapter of one chic granny in search of inspiration and beauty. It's a fitting addition to director Lee Chang-dong's short, yet stunning, filmography and is arguably one of his greatest efforts. "Poetry" won a number of awards both locally and abroad, including Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, and remains a heartfelt masterpiece of modern Korean cinema. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Poetry": Empathetic Cinema at its Finest

    In the Spotlight this Week: Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry"... The American writer and poet Maya Angelou once said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you". In "Poetry", Lee Chang-dong's last film, this affliction is brought to bear on an aging soul who so desperately searches for meaning, peace, and poetry. Lee's short filmography is impressive, and reflects the wills of a storyteller who seeks the substance behind mere matters and modern mayhem. His compelling ruminations are romantic and robust; graphic poems that present hardships and hope in visual verses that demand both our attention and praise. This award-winning film drew inspiration from a real-world rape case in Korea, a Japanese television program on nature, and, of course, Lee's own storytelling genius and acute appreciation of the human condition,...More

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 Produced by
 Lee Dong-ha-IV (이동하)
 Lee Joon-dong (이준동)
 Park Jung-bum (박정범)
 Assistant director
 Ahn Gook-jin (안국진)
 Production department
 Lee Jong-eon (이종언)
 Directing department
 Lee Seung-chul-II (이승철)
 Sound department
 Lee Seung-chul-II (이승철)
 Real-time recording
 Park Hong-yeol (박홍열)
 Cinematographer B team
 Choi Hyun-seok-I (최현석)
 Art direction department
 Yu Eun-jeong (유은정)
 Making of
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139 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2010/05/13
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2011.01.09 : 220,693 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.01.02 : 220,558 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.08.08 : 220,213 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.08.01 : 220,041 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.07.25 : 219,691 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.07.18 : 219,264 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.07.11 : 215,581 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.07.04 : 213,742 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.06.27 : 210,706 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.06.20 : 207,369 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.06.13 : 201,509 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.06.06 : 188,945 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.30 : 156,123 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.23 : 96,671 Admissions (total)
As of 2010.05.16 : 37,534 Admissions (total)

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