The Early Films of Lee Chang Dong: Peppermint Candy

Peppermint Candy

South Korea | 1999 | 131 min. | Lee Chang-dong

June 14 - 20, 2024

The Early Films of Lee Chang Dong

Told in reverse chronological order, time traverses back through six chapters of a man’s life to reveal why he committed suicide. New 4K restoration.

Backtracking from his suicide as a broken and depressed man, this film recounts the life of Yong-ho (Sul Kyung-gu), from his tragic demise to his innocent and idealistic youth, in reverse order. In between, he is a student with photography aspirations, a solider, a police officer and eventually an investor who losses a small fortune in the stock market. He is also a husband, but his marriage to Hong-ja (Moon So-ri) leaves them both unhappy as Yong-ho continues to obsess over someone else.

  • Director: Lee Chang-dong
  • Principal Cast: Sol Kyung-gu, Moon So-ri, Kim Yeo-jin
  • Country: South Korea, Japan
  • Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 131 min.
  • Producer: Jae-Young Jeon, Gye-nam Myeong, Makoto Ueda
  • Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong
  • Cinematographers: Hyung Koo Kim
  • Editors: Hyun Kim
  • Music: Jaejin Lee
  • Filmography: Green Fish (96), Poetry (10), Oasis (02), Secret Sunshine (07)
  • Language: Korean