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Peppermint Candy

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Released

1999

Runtime

129

Peppermint Candy

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What's it About

In the spring of 1999, a disheveled and emotionally distraught salary man, Kim Yong-ho (Sol) stumbles onto an outdoor picnic, where he is recognized by some of the attendees. After disrupting their party with incoherent shouts and snatches of a song, he climbs atop a railroad bridge and stands there as a locomotive rushes headlong into him, shouting "I am going back!" With that, we are transported back in time, to witness the tragic events leading up to his life's collapse.

Why we love it

With a backwards-through-time structure similar to "Memento," Lee Chang-dong's astonishing "Peppermint Candy" is a heartbreaking drama of personal disfigurement that episodically mirrors South Korea's turbulent modern history. Each stage in Yong-ho's troubled life corresponds to an equally traumatic period in the nation's bloody emergence from military dictatorship following the notorious 1979 Kwangju massacre. Thankfully, the reverse chronology never seems like a gimmick. Instead, it adds gravity to the revelation that such an agonized man — played with fierce dedication by Sol — was once a quiet, reflective soul with innocence in his heart.

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