Bae Yong-kyoon devoted years to the making of this remarkable film. He produced, directed, lighted, photographed and edited it: he did at least have some help with the haunting soundtrack. The sheer visual beauty and mystery of the mountain setting, creatures – a jay, a young cow – who seem to attend the little boy, water rushing over uncannily smooth river rocks: all this suggests a kind of animated mandara meant to take us into deeper contact with life and death, being and non-being. (MM)

Director: Bae Yong-Kyoon

Writer: Bae Yong-Kyoon

Cast: Lee Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hwang Hae-Jin, Go Su-Myeong

Production Company: Bae Yong-Kyun Production

Rights Holder: Bae Yong-Kyun

Drama / 1989 / 175 min / CERT. U / Colour / DVD / Original Format: 35mm

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