The Pure Love
순애보 | sun-ae-bo
Directed by Han Hyeong-mo (한형모)
Written by Yu Du-yeon (유두연)
105min | Release date in South Korea: 1957/11/15
Choi Moon-seon (Seong So-min), a painter who lives alone on a beach, rescues drowning In-soon (Kim Ui-hyang). In-soon, a stewardess from Seoul, has more than platonic feelings for him, but he has no special feelings for her.Moon-seon meets Yoon Myeong-hee who lived in his neighborhood 15 years ago. In order to help Myeong-hee's brother, Myeong-geun (Hyeon Sang-seob), who works for a magazine company, Moon-seon goes to Seoul. Myeong-hee and Moon-seon fall in love with each other. When In-soon meets Moon-seon in Seoul, she confesses her love for him, but he turns it down in a roundabout way. Meanwhile, Hwang In-su (Choi Bong), Moon-seon's co-worker at the company, teases Myoeng-hee and In-soon, while his wife (Kim Sin-jae) has been bedridden for years. On Myeonghee's and Moon-seon's engagement day, In-soon calls Moon-seon, saying that she has something to tell him. Before he arrives, In-su stabs In-soon to death because she turns him down. In-su blinds Moon-seon with a knife and he faints. Before In-su runs away, he puts his knife in Moon-seon's hand. Blind and stigmatized, Moon-seon accepts his fate and gives up defending himself. In the end, In-su is so touched by Moon-seon's personality that he confesses his crime. Freed, Moon-seon gets on a train to his hometown without letting Myeong-hee know.