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BOM: Late Spring (2014)


Director:  Jo Geun-Hyeon

Lee You-Young as Min-Kyeong

Joo Yeong-Ho as Geun-Soo

Park Yong-Woo

Kim Seo-Hyeong

Lee You-Young (이유영)


Joo Yeong-Ho  (주영호)


Park Yong-Woo  (박용우)


Kim Seo-Hyeong  (김서형)


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Upcoming Korean movie "Late Spring"


Added the upcoming Korean movie "Late Spring"'s page to HanCinema database

"Late Spring" (2014)

Directed by Jo Geun-hyeon

With Park Yong-woo, Kim Seo-hyeong, Lee Yoo-young, Joo Yeong-ho,...

In post war Korea, the government decides to dispatch troops to Vietnam in an attempt to rebuild the country's devastated economy. A genius sculptor and renowned figure in the art scene of the day is diagnosed with a progressive disorder that eventually leads to total paralysis of the body. In despair, he abandons work and loses the meaning of life. His wife who could not watch her husband perish day after day, goes on a search of a model to encourage him to go back to work. Then one day, she comes across a young mother with two children who suffered loss in the war...

Release date in Korea : 2014


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This film has already been shown in several film festival and getting quite an attention.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival


Centering on a genius sculptor and set in post-war Korea, LATE SPRING follows the story of a brilliant man diagnosed with a progressive disorder that would eventually lead to total paralysis of his body. In despair, he abandons artistic work and loses his desire and drive to create and live fully.Terrified by his depression and unable to complacently watch as her husband perishes day after day, his wife sets out on a search for a model to encourage him to return to his work. She comes across a young mother with two children who suffered great losses in the war – and realizes this broken family could reignite her husband's lost artistic passion.

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Late Spring (Keun-Hyun Cho, 2014): South Korea

Reviewed by Simon Rosen. Viewed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014

Late spring has the most beautiful cinematography.

Amazing performance by the actors.

The story captures you and never let’s you go.

Eventually you’ll see a movie where you don’t really understand somethings and all I can say is that it’s a cultural thing.


Starts with spring and ends with spring, the movie begins with the end.

Plenty of layers to all the different characters.

Really amazed by the South Korean scenery

Interesting editing, that really makes you think.

New story, never before have I’ve seen a story about this.

Great movie.

Source: SBCC Reviews
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Up-and-coming actress Lee Yoo-young wins Best Actress prize

for her role at Milano International Film Festival

Korean drama film “Late Spring” won the Best Foreign Feature prize at this year’s Arizona International Film Festival, the movie’s producer Studio Hook said.

Directed by filmmaker Cho Keun-hyun (“26 Years”), the film revolves around a genius sculptor (Park Yong-woo) in postwar Korea, who suffers from a progressive muscular disease that will lead to complete paralysis. Disheartened, he decides to quit his career as an artist. In an effort to encourage him, his dutiful wife (Kim Seo-hyung) hires a model (Lee Yoo-young), a young mother of two children, to pose nude for him.

A scene from “Late Spring,” which won the best foreign feature prize at this year’s Arizona International Film Festival. (Studio Hook)

The film also earned Lee the best actress prize and the film best cinematography at the on-going Milano International Film Festival, the production house said. The emerging actress is the first Korean to receive the honor. “Late Spring” has been also nominated for six other categories at the film festival, including best director, best screenplay, best supporting actress, best production design and best music. 

Filmmaker Cho majored in fine art at Seoul National University and worked as a production designer for a number of films, including “My Way,” “Forbidden Quest” and “A Tale of Two Sisters.” 

He made his directorial debut in 2012 with the controversial “26 Years,” which deals with five people who plot to assassinate former President Chun Doo-hwan for the 1980 massacre of Gwangju civilians. Its production was paid for by online crowd-funding, as its initial pitches had been turned down by investors for its politically-sensitive subject matter. “Late Spring” is Cho’s second feature film.

Source: The Korea Hearld

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The drama "Late Spring" has won awards in a series of international film festivals across the world. 
The film won Best Acting Performance Female and Best Cinematography at the 14th Milano International Film Festival (MIFF), which ended on May 12. The film caught much attention earlier as it was nominated in a total of eight categories at the festival: best acting performance female, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography, best music, best supporting actress, best supporting actor, and best production design. The Italian film festival is compared to the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. and it has introduced a number of Korean films to the world, such as "Hypnotized" (2005), "The Host" (2007) and "The Cat" (2012).
"Late Spring" also won Best Foreign Feature at the 23rd Arizona International Film Festival in April. The film received a standing ovation at its opening night premier, an honor limited to only a handful of high-quality works. Before that, the film entered the international competition at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February, where it was introduced for its "world premier."

Cinematographer Kim Jung-won (left) and actress Lee You-young at the Milano International Film Festival. (photo courtesy of Studio Hook)

Actress Lee You-young is interviewed at the Milano International Film Festival after receiving her Best Acting Performance Female award. (photo courtesy of Studio Hook)

Actress Lee You-young has become a Cinderella overnight. Lee appeared at the award ceremony wearing hanbok, the traditional Korean attire, which caught many people's attention. Lee starred in Namkoong Sun's short film "Men" and Oh Tae-heon's "Flowers Don't Wilt, But." The recent "Late Spring" is her first full-length commercial film. 

"I hope that people will be proud that I got this award. I feel like I am dreaming," she said. "I was one of the few Asians at the film festival."

Speaking of her career, Lee said, "This is only the beginning, and I want to appear in as many films as possible. I also want to continue to make films."

MIFF Director Andrea Galante praised the film and said that he could not help but fall in love with the film, and that he was truly grateful to have seen the film. "Everything from beautiful images and music to the screenplay and acting was perfect," he said. "I could not stop crying, even after the film ended." 

MIFF Deputy Director Esmeralda Mapelli said she realized what a beautiful country Korea is after watching the film. "I could feel the beauty of Korea again after looking at the beautiful figure of Lee You-young wearing her hanbok," she said. 

"Late Spring" was directed by Cho Geun-hyun, who also directed "26 Years." It portrays true beauty and the platonic love discovered between a genius sculptor and his final model. The film is set in 1969 in the midst of the Vietnam War. Actor Park Yong-woo plays Jun-gu, a renowned sculptor who loses the meaning of life due to illness, while actress Kim Seo-hyung stars as Jeong-suk, who dedicates herself to her beloved husband. Lee You-young, winner of the MIFF award, plays the new model Min-gyeong, a poor, hopeless mother of two.
Scenes from "Late Spring." (From top) Lee You-young, Park Yong-woo, Kim Seo-hyung (photos courtesy of Studio Hook)

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From Milano International Film Festival pages


Late Spring

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After the Second World War, the government of South Korea decides to send troops to Vietnam in an attempt to rebuild the devastated economy of the country. A brilliant sculptor, well known in the art scene of the time, he discovers he has a degenerative disease that will lead to paralysis. Desperate, stop creating and lost the meaning of life. His wife, who did not want to see it deteriorate by the day, sets out in search of a model that pushes him to return to his job. So, one day, he meets a young woman, a mother of two children, whose life was marked by a big loss because of the war.


Seo-Hyung Kim, Yong-Woo Park, You-Young Lee


Director: Keun-Hyun Cho 
Screenwriter: Keun-Hyun Cho, Shin Yangjoong 
Cinematographer: Jung-Won Kim 
Editor: Sung-Won Ham 
Producer: Shin Yangjoong


Best Director

Best Screenplay

Best Supporting Actress

Best Cinematography

Best Supporting Actor

Best Acting female

Best Production Design

Best Music

Source: MIFF Awards

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Starlet Receives Best Actress Award at Milan Film Fest

Lee Yoo-young picked up the best actress award at the Milan International Film Festival on Monday for her portrayal of a young mother of two in postwar Korea for the film "Late Spring". 

She is the first Korean to receive the honor at the festival, dubbed Italy's Sundance.

Directed by Jo Geun-hyeon of "26 Years" fame, the movie is set in the 1960s, when Korea was impoverished in the wake of the 1950-53 Korean War. 

Despite suffering many hardships and poverty, Lee's character retains her sense of innocence and optimism, like a ray of sunshine in spring.

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I have not yet seen this film, but hope to see it when it comes to our shores.

This story, of Lee Yoo-Young coming from nowhere to collect this award reminds me of a few years back, when Kim Go-Eun gave an amazing performance in "A Muse" (Eungyo) and collected so many awards, and is already now filming her third film - "Memories of a Sword."

I wish Lee Yoo-Young all the success in her movies career.


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The main Cast of  26 years have a cameo appearances in " Late Spring " 
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The director is the one who  directed 26 years and those cast above were his main characters in 26 Years and now he called them to have their cameo appearances :) ... Seulong seems speak in busan dialect * I Guess *  

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CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT(클래지콰이 프로젝트) - 습관처럼 생각이 나 (영화 '봄' 중):

'Think About You' M/V from 6th album [blink], with the clips of Late Spring (2014).
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@bexyahmed, thank you for the info and photos. Make me want to see the film even more...
I have not seen 26 Years, but I am going to make a point of watching it soon. I apologize for late response; I have had computer issues, and not been much on Soompi.

@adikkeluangman, thank you much for the movie with song. Love it...

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HanCinema's Film Review  "Late Spring"


As the subtitle helpfully notes, "Late Spring" is the time of year when people try to convince themselves that it's not really summer yet. That's certainly true for Joon-goo (played by Park Yong-woo). The year is 1969, the dictatorship is in full swing, and Joon-goo, an artistic sculptor, appears to be losing his motor coordination abilities. The man simply doesn't have much to look forward to anymore. So his wife Jeong-sook (played by Kim Seo-hyeong), attempts to lift his spirits by hiring young mother Min-kyeong (played by Lee Yoo-young) as a model.

Initially it's not terribly clear how Min-kyeong is supposed to be able to help. It's obvious from the first glance Joon-goo takes of her naked body that Min-kyeong is a weak, spindly woman who's had to endure miserable discomfort and tragedy for no particular reason. Take particular note of her husband, Geun-soo (played by Joo Yeong-ho)- a pathetic, abusive cripple who knows exactly how pitiful he is, and consequently falls into impotent rage over practically anything.

Life stinks, in other words. And that's where we find the beauty. "Late Spring" is a bittersweet elegy to the abstract concept of art with refreshingly little pretension. While Joon-goo and Min-kyeong are able to find some joy in the time they have together, it can't overwrite the poor circumstances of their lives. To the contrary- it is only because of their miserable situation that Joon-goo and Min-kyeong are able to truly appreciate art in the first place.

It's tempting, for example, to fall in love with the lavish cinemagoraphy on display here. The entirity of "Late Spring" take places in an isolated countryside where, true the season, everything is brighly colored and in full bloom. While the lakeside cabin commands the best view, all of the scenery looks great. Then in one brief moment near the end we see what this picturesque scenery looks like at night and, well, it's not as wonderful. And yet we can't have bright sunshine without dipping into nightfall.

It's through statements like these that the film also explores what drives people to create art. A late storyline event initially comes off as horrible and tragic. But the question "Late Spring" quickly brings up, and which Joon-goo dutifully answers, is whether or not he actually cares what happens to his work. By the end we see him construct his own dirge. Note in particular who his words are addressed to, and why.

While many films about artistry lapse into pretension, "Late Spring" absolutely excels in presenting Joon-goo as a man whose artistry is very much concerned with the real world. Even if, ultimately, Joon-goo is only trying to manage a temporary reprieve from it. Lee Yoo-young as well puts in an excellent performance as the shy young muse, rounding out a cast that's mainly concerned with personal motivation rather than artistic expression. Even as the ending inspires mixed emotion, what's all too clear is that the main fortunate people of this world were the ones who had the chance to see and understand beauty. That may not be much, but it's enough.

Review by William Schwartz

"Late Spring" is directed by Jo Geun-hyeon and features Park Yong-woo, Kim Seo-hyeong and Lee Yoo-young.

Source: Hancinema

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