The Early Films of Lee Chang Dong: Poetry


South Korea | 2010 | 139 min. | Lee Chang-dong

June 15 - 20, 2024

The Early Films of Lee Chang Dong

A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, enrolls in a poetry class. New 4K restoration.

Content Advisory: Contains themes of sexual assault.

Korean grandmother Mija comes to terms with the early onset of Alzheimer's while dealing with the fallout from a brutal family crime. Her teenage grandson is linked to the violent death of a girl, and she finds herself caught up in a conspiracy to pay hush money to the dead girl's family. Mija's tendency to become lost in poetry, and the wonders of nature, causes her mind to wander at the wrong time, with unfortunate consequences.

  • Original Language Title: Shi
  • Director: Lee Chang-dong
  • Principal Cast: Yun Junghee, Lee David, Kim Hira
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 139 min.
  • Producer: Lee Joondong
  • Screenplay: Lee Changdong
  • Cinematographers: Kim Hyunseok
  • Editors: Kim Hyun
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2010 (Best Script)
  • Filmography: Green Fish (96), Peppermint Candy (99), Oasis (02), Secret Sunshine (07)
  • Language: Korean
  • US Distributor: Kino International
  • International Sales: Finecut