Peppermint Candy

1999

Drama

64
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 6,945

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1.17 GB
1280*720
Korean 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
129 min
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Korean 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
129 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tomatoesaresquishy 10 / 10 / 10

Incredible

I saw this movie in a college class, and it's possible to have an entire lecture on it. Unfortunately, my professor only had about twenty minutes, though I'm sure he would've loved a couple hours. Granted, the subtitles weren't the greatest. Being Korean, I had a much easier time understanding everything, because if there was something I couldn't quite understand in Korean, I had the subtitles to help me along. To paraphrase my professor, this movie isn't just about the story of one man, but how this one man's life signifies the past fifty years of Korean history as well, a people subject to the influences of forces greater than they. To give a quick Korean history lesson, for the first half of the century, the Koreans were brutally subjugated by the Japanese, who not only wanted to colonize it, but to assimilate the people and culture completely into their own. Then came WW2, and following that, the start of the Cold War conflicts, beginning of course with the Korean War, where brother fought brother and a people was torn apart. The second half of the century, following the Korean War, has been defined by dictatorships, as the oppressive Korean government put down democratic student movements, as seen in part of the film. It is only recently that true democracy has begun to form and strengthen. The main character of the movie is shown in the beginning, a ruined man, and one can assume from following sequences, shown in backwards chronological order, that he is an evil and corrupt man. However, the purpose of the movie is to show how he was corrupted by larger forces, mirroring the Korean people's own search for their lost innocence. It is in the seemingly mundane scenes of his life that we see how trite and ordinary violence and depravity have become, yet we also travel back to see where every part of him came from. I'm sure I could say a lot more, but basically it's about a lot more than the story of one man, and the seemingly irrelevant stories of his life signify more about both him and the Korean people as a whole. Terrific movie.

Reviewed by kinolieber 9 / 10 / 10

Devastating

This is film art that makes no concessions to 'entertainment'. A man commits suicide at the start of the film. Then the filmmaker brilliantly flashes his life before us in short scenes moving backwards in time. The emotional power of each scene is built on our knowledge of what is yet to come for this corrupted and despairing man. And that power keeps intensifying, reaching an almost unbearable level of sadness and empathy. Not since Sophie's Choice have I seen a film so unflinching in its despair. Everything about this film demonstrates greatness: the screenplay, the cinematography, the performances, the wisdom and humanity. It's not an easy film and there were many walk-outs the night I saw it at the New Directors Festival in New York, but it will stand the test of time. Should be required viewing for every 18-year-old.

Reviewed by sain11 9 / 10 / 10

Perfect

Well, this was not easy to track down on DVD but I finally found a copy of this via the Korean Lee Chang-Dong box set, which also includes the outstanding Oasis and brilliant Greenfish. All three movies are spectacularly good, in fact, I rated all three 10/10 but Peppermint Candy deserves 11/10 on that scale. Technically the acting, direction, script, music, cinematography, etc were all exceptional, but the story itself was simply devastating. Starting at the end with Yongho's suicide, the film then plays backwards over the last 20 years of his life showing how he got to the point of taking his life. It unravels the secrets of all aspects of his life, from career, family, relationships, his mistakes, his misfortunes. And it dies so in a shockingly ordinary way. There is no single incident that pushes him over the edge, but a build up of tensions and unresolved issues that gradually wear him down. Just like real life. Quite simply this film is going straight into my all-time top ten, after one viewing. It is that good. If you get a chance to see this film - do so. It is simply Perfect! I read that Lee Chang-dong is now the Cultural Minister for Sth Korea, which I'm sure is a great thing, but let's hope he goes back to directing at some point, as his 3 films so far are all exceptional, and a rare talent like his would be sorely missed if he does not come back to film making in the future.

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