Along the way, spineless Yong-ho finds himself on the wrong side of history in the Asian economic crisis, and before that in Korea's violent struggle for a democratic identity, so that the nation's bright future has become one that he can no longer share. Here the candy of the title is like the madeleine in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, or the 'rosebud' in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941) - a trigger for memory, but also a sweet that comes with a very bitter aftertaste. (AB)

Director: Lee Chang-Dong

Writer: Lee Chang-Dong

Producer: Myung Kaynam, Makoto Ueda

Cast: Sul Kyung-Gu, Moon So-Ri, Kim Yeo-Jin

Production Company: East Film

International Sales: Finecut

Drama / 1999 / 129 min / CERT. 18 / Colour / DCP / Original Format: 35mm


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