The Poet and the Boy

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South Korea | 2017 | 110 minutes | Yang-hee Kim

A listless Korean poet living off his wife's hard-earned income has no muse or purpose; that is, until he finds new inspiration from a handsome donut shop employee in this story of unrequited love and sexual awakenings.

Thirty-something poet Hyon is running out of inspiration while he coasts through a peaceful and uneventful existence on the beautiful Jeju Island. Lucky for him, his wife supports them both and his art financially. Their childless marriage is chided by their friends much to his wife's chagrin; the problem being Hyon's passion for a family is as diminished as his poetry, and a low sperm count certainly doesn't help matters. But a chance meeting with a young boy working a donut shop changes everything for the poet. An unlikely friendship ensues and emotional riptides swirl as Hyon is forced to recognize a part of himself, his sexuality long dormant. Soon. a first casual infatuation begins bordering on dangerous obsession. As his personal life shutters with uncertainty, his art flourishes in ways he had only dreamed of before. The trope of an older artist finding passion in a youthful beauty is given new life with a subtly engrossing performance by Korean actor Yang Ik-June as Hyon. Kim Yang-hee's impressive directorial debut asks intelligent questions about life, suppressed love, and artistic fulfillment.

Director Biography
Born and raised in Seoul and living on Jeju Island for the past six years, Kim Yang-hee has drawn upon her own experiences in both places as inspiration for The Poet and the Boy (2017), her directorial debut. Previously, Kim has screen-written for Tokyo Taxi (2009) and the show "Dal-kom-han Na-eui Do-si" (2008). She also composed the scores for Happy Ero Christmas (2003) and The Way Home (2002).

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  • Original Language Title: Si-e-nui Sa-rang
  • Director: Yang-hee Kim
  • Principal Cast: Ik-june Yang, Hye-jin Jeon, Ga-ram Jung
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Producer: Jung Seo, Young-jin An
  • Screenplay: Yang-hee Kim
  • Cinematographers: Yun-man Choi
  • Editors: Young-lim Lee
  • Music: Ja-wan Koo
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Korean
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Altered Innocence
  • International Sales: International Sales: Co.