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The Classic (클래식)

클래식 (Classic)

Directed by kwak Jae-Yong (곽재용)

Screenplay by

Drama Melodrama Romance

125min | Release date in South Korea :

Ji-hae and Soo-kyoung are friends attending the same university and both have a crush on Sang-min who is in their drama club. The more clamorous and outgoing of the two, Soo-kyoung, asks Ji-hae to do her a favor - write a love letter to Sang-min. Ji-hae pours out her own feelings for him on paper, but sadly in her friend's name. Touched by the letter, Sang-min is attracted to Soo-kyoung, and Ji-hae, feeling uncomfortable and even guilty, tries to avoid him. And yet by coincidence or by fate she keeps running into him.

Ji-hae has lived alone with her mom since her childhood, when her dad unexpectedly passed away. Her mom is now on a trip abroad, and to wile away her solitude she starts cleaning the attic. There Ji-hae finds a secret box, in which her mom kept the memorabilia of her first love story of some decades past.

Summer in 1968...
Joon-ha is visiting his uncle's home in the countryside during his summer vacation. There he meets Joo-hee and falls in love at first sight. One day, the lovely Joo-hee secretly asks Joon-ha to escort her to a haunted house in the village. Happy and excited to be at her service, Joon-ha meets her at their promised spot. But in an unexpected storm, the two lose their boat and barely manage to return home at a very late hour. Joo-hee gets into big trouble for this incident and is sent back to Seoul. Having parted with Joo-hee without a word of farewell, Joon-ha spends the rest of the summer heavy-hearted.

With summer vacation being over Joon-ha also returns to Seoul. At school, his classmate Tae-su asks him to write a love letter to send to a girl. And who would it be but Joo-hee, Joon-ha's dream girl. Unable to confess his own summer love story, Joon-ha reluctantly complies with his friend's request.

International Film Festivals
2003 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival ,
2006 Chennai International Film Festival, Country Focus -Korea
2004 Philadelphia International Film Festival, New Korean Cinema
2003 Cairo International Film Festival ,


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    The immediate standout quality of "The Classic" is its musical score. The sound weaves effortlessly between classical beats and more modern ones, marking a constant shift in situations. In the rustic countryside of South Korea, a certain beauty is built up to by the slowly rising frequency of the tones. Meanwhile, city life moves according to a quicker more modern beat. In either case, the quality of the sound reflects that same feeling of general life, of being young, and the hopeful optimism that's all too infectious regarding those bygone days. Then actual conflicts start showing up in the story and all this stuff starts to get rather weird and annoying,...More

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 Produced by
 Lee Jae-soon (이재순)
Cinema Service (시네마서비스)
 Lee Seo (이서)
 Directing department
 Kang Seon-mi (강선미)
 Lighting / Cinematography department
 Jo Yeong-wook (조영욱)
 Score composer
 Kim Sang-beom (김상범)
 Kim Jae-beom (김재범)
 Kim Kwang-seok (김광석)
 Theme song
 Jeon Woo-jae (전우재)
 Martial arts team
 Bae Il-hyuk (배일혁)
 Gaffer/Lighting B team
Technical Information
125 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
Festival(s) & award(s)
 - Montreal film festival - (2003)
Sales or release dates & Box Office
Airing dates : 2003/01/30
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2019.10.27 :  15 240  Admissions (total)
As of 2019.10.20 :  12 271  Admissions (total)
As of 2017.11.12 : 5 967 Admissions (total)
As of 2017.11.05 : 2 769 Admissions (total)
 Korea, South - 2003/1/30

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were inspired to this movie, and we came up to transformed this to school play;-)
2011-11-15 12:31:19
2009-05-04 18:07:20
What a sweet story with enchanting OST! This is one of the great melodrama movies of Korean.
it's really great & awesome! awesome ending!!! hehe
2008-11-30 03:49:25
2008-11-08 23:14:46
I haven'y watched this movie yet but my cousin told me what is it all about and I was amazed and from what I've heard it's great and awesome.
absolutely great
2008-08-22 08:02:11
2008-08-02 01:05:56
I watched this movie several times and I just wanna watch this movie all the time I'm free.Cos' it's such a great movie.All the things in this movie are so good.I like actors and actresses and I like the music too.And I'm able to learn
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