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Movie 'Springtime' goes to South America

2005/02/19 Source

As movie 'When Spring Comes - Springtime' starring Choi Min-sik is invited to the 'Mar Del Plata International Film Festival' to be held in Brazil, next month, Korean Film's excellence is expected to be showed off in South America too.

The 20th Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, which is held on Mar.10-20, is a film festival, whose location is being consolidated as a showcase of South American movies.

Director Ryu Jang-ha's movie 'When Spring Comes - Springtime' will be screened in the international competition section of this Film Festival.

'When Spring Comes - Springtime' is unfolded centering around Hyon-woo. In a return to the screen after his brilliant performance in "Old Boy", Choi Min-sik plays a character that requires much more serenity and softness than his usual angst-ridden roles. Hyon-woo is a classically trained trumpet player whose talents haven't taken him where he wanted to go in life.

Unable to find a job with an orchestra, he ends up teaching part-time at an academy. His personal life isn't any better, as he constantly argues with his mother and his ex-girlfriend, whom he still has feelings for but can't commit to.

Dissatisfaction with his surroundings eventually leads Hyon-woo out of Seoul to a small town, where he takes a job as the band teacher at a local middle school. The job is a modest one, with the music program in danger of folding if it doesn't do well in the upcoming national competition.

But despite the numerous obstacles, Hyon-woo seems to take to his new job and also the slower-paced life. Indeed, the trumpet player seems almost like a new man, someone who has found a purpose, and he gradually connects to the townspeople, especially the pretty pharmacist Soo-yon (Jang Shin-young), and Jae-il (Lee Jae-eung), a student in the band with a difficult home life.

Though "Springtime - Flower Spring" definitely aims for being a sentimental feel-good movie, there's a quietness to the film that keeps it from becoming too syrupy. First-time director Ryo Jang-ha previously worked as writer and lighting director on such quiet melodramas as "Pomnalun Kanda (One Fine Spring Day)" and "Palwolui Christmas (Christmas in August)", and he brings that same melancholy restraint to this film.

The Source : Choi Sung-ho

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