Splendid, Sad Days

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Splendid, Sad Days


A Korean woman facing the hardships of a life alone.

Duration: 52′, Ratio: 16/9, Format: HD, Versions: English, French and Korean
Written and Directed by: Hongki Lee
Produced by: Seogwon Lee
Production: KIPA, Arirang TV, Leeki Film and Quartier Latin Media
Worldwide distribution: ICTV

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Woo-suk Yun, a woman in her late sixties and full of life, lives in a fishing village along the Bay of Suncheon in South Korea. In the middle of those beautiful landscapes, we follow her through the seasons working every day with energy and enthusiasm, in the fields, in the sea and on the markets, selling her catch. Like a man.

She’s married to an alcoholic who doesn’t care about what she has to do to make a living for both of them. Nonetheless she dares to complain in front of him during the few moments he’s sober or awake. Her only support around is their younger neighbor who shows respect for her. However after the death of her unworthy husband, she cries for the first time in sixty odd years. A film with a rare poetic realism, a documentary which confirms the rise of independent cinema in Korea.

In the background discover the famous Bay of Suncheon with its fields of reeds and salt swamps, which are a spawning ground for fish, crab and shellfish. But beyond the beautiful photography of Director Hongki Lee encounter a woman who despite incredible hardship finds her own way in a society dominated by men.


Additional information

Weight80 g
Dimensions10 × 130 × 185 mm

52 mins, 60 mins, 80 mins


English, Français, 한국어