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Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©
An elderly lady in her 60's (Yun Jung-Hee) works as a caregiver for a disabled man & raises her grandson alone. She has to endure the onset of Alzheimer's disease and also learns that her grandson was one of the attackers of a junior high school girl that committed suicide. Through all of this and to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a poet the elderly woman starts to take a poetry class and composes poems ...
- Filming began August 25th, 2009 & concluded December 13th, 2009.
- Actress Yun Jeong-Hee appears for the first time in a film in 15 years. Also, actress Yun Jeong-Hee plays the main character named Mi-Ja. Coincidentally, Yun Jung-Hee's real given name is also Mi-Ja.
- The film "Poetry" does not have a soundtrack.
- Kim Yong-Taek who performs as a poet & poetry teacher in "Poetry" is a real life poet.
Additional Cast Members:
Lee Chang-Dong's "Agnes Song" (poem read at end of the movie)
How is it over there?
How lonely is it?
Is it still glowing red at sunset?
Are the birds still singing on the way to the forest?
Can you receive the letter I dared not send?
Can I convey…
the confession I dared not make?
Will time pass and roses fade?
Now it's time to say goodbye
Like the wind that lingers and then goes,
just like shadows
To promises that never came,
to the love sealed till the end.
To the grass kissing my weary ankles
And to the tiny footsteps following me
It's time to say goodbye
Now as darkness falls
Will a candle be lit again?
Here I pray…
nobody shall cry…
and for you to know…
how deeply I loved you
The long wait in the middle of a hot summer day
An old path resembling my father's face
Even the lonesome wild flower shyly turning away
How deeply I loved
How my heart fluttered at hearing faint song
I bless you
Before crossing the black river
With my soul's last breath
I am beginning to dream…
a bright sunny morning…
again I awake blinded by the light…
and meet you…
standing by me.
- 2010 (63rd) Cannes Film Festival - May 12-23 - Competition *International Premiere
- 2010 (35th) Toronto International Film Festival - September 9-19 - Masters *North American Premiere
- 2010 (58th) San Sebastian International Film Festival - September 17-25 - Zabaltegi-Pearls
- 2010 (29th) Vancouver International Film Festival - Sept. 30-Oct. 15 - Dragons and Tigers
- 2010 (15th) Pusan International Film Festival - October 7-15 - Korean Cinema Today: Panorama
- 2010 (54th) BFI London Film Festival - October 13-28 - Film on the Square
- 2010 (30th) Hawaii International Film Festival - October 14-24 - Spotlight on Korea *Hawaii Premiere
- 2010 (19th) Philadelphia Film Festival - October 14-24 - Masters of Cinema
- 2010 (12th) Mumbai Film Festival - October 21-28, 2010 - World Cinema
- 2010 (34th) Sao Paulo International Film Festival - October 22-November 4, 2010
- 2010 (7th) Hong Kong Asian Film Festival - October 22-November 8 - Cineaste Delights
- 2010 (24th) AFI FEST - October 28-November 5, 2010
- 2010 (25th) Mar del Plata Film Festival - November 13-21 - Panorama
- 2010 (11th) TOKYO FILMeX - November 20- 28, 2010 - Special Screenings
- 2010 (10th) Marrakech International Film Festival - December 3-11, 2010 - Films Out of Competition
- 2011 (40th) International Film Festival Rotterdam - January 26-Feb. 6 - Spectrum
- 2011 (25th) Fribourg International Film Festival - March 19-26, 2011 - International Competition *Swiss Premiere
- 2011 (13th) Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema - April 6-17, 2011 - Panorama: Careers
- 2011 (4th) Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema - April 8-17, 2011 - Busan IFF Presents: New Asian Cinema
- 2011 (48th) Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - November 3-24, 2011 - Filmmakers in Focus - A Tribute to Lee Chang-Dong
- 2013 (23rd) Focus on Asia-Fukuoka International Film Festival - September 13-23, 2013 - Lee Chang Dong Retrospective
- 2015 (50th) Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - July 3-11, 2015 - Six Close Encounters
- 2010 (63rd) Cannes Film Festival - May 12-23, 2010
- "Award for Best Screenplay"
- 2010 (19th) Philadelphia Film Festival - October 14-24, 2010
- "Masters of Cinema Special Mention"
- 2010 (47th) Daejong Film Awards - October 29, 2010
- 2010 (30th) Critics Choice Awards - November 8, 2010
- "Best Film"
- "Best Screenplay"
- 2010 (8th) Korean Film Awards - November 18, 2010
- "Best Film"
- "Best Director"
- "Best Screenplay"
- 2010 (31st) Blue Dragon Film Awards - November 26, 2010
- 2010 (4th) Asia Pacific Screen Awards - December 2, 2010
- "Best Performance by an Actress" (Yun Jung-Hee)
- "Achievement in Directing"
- 2010 (2nd) KOFRA Film Awards Ceremony - January 27, 2011
- 2011 (5th) Asian Film Awards - March 21, 2011
- "Best Director"
- "Best Screenwriter"
- 2011 (25th) Fribourg International Film Festival - March 19-26, 2011
- “Regard d’or (International Competition)”
- 2011 (47th) BaekSang Arts Awards - May 26, 2011
- 2011 (37th) Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - December 11, 2011
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