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- Movie: Old Partner
- Hangul: 워낭소리
- Director: Lee Chung-Ryeol
- Writer: Lee Chung-Ryeol
- Producer: Yeong-jae Ko
- Release Date: January 15, 2009
- Runtime: 78 min.
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
80 years old, CHOI is a nearly deaf farmer with a limp. He has an old ox that he’s worked for 30 years,
and the ox aged no less than 40. However, there’s something special about the way Old CHOI treats this
ox, which is so worn-out that it might drop dead any minute. The old man is single-mindedly focused on
the ox, instinctively turning to the beast when he hears the cowbell even though he’s nearly deaf. One
spring day, however, Old CHOI learns that his ox only has a year to live, which greatly troubles him.
- First South Korean film to compete at the Sundance Film Festivel.
- 37 days after its January 15 release, "Old Partner" surpassed one million viewers in South Korea. This is the first time ever a documentary or independent film has passed this figure. The movie first screened at seven cinemas, eventually expanding to over 160 theaters in Korea.
- "Old Partner" became the best selling Korean documentary or independent film. Movie sold a total of 2,950,000 tickets during its theatrical run.
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