The Harmonium In My Memory details
|Starring:||Lee Mi-yeon, Chun Do-yeon, Kim Min-hie, Lee Byung-hun|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
The Harmonium In My Memory
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Jan 2007|
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Another winner from Lee Byung-hunBy Leonard Aye from Camberley, England , 07 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The story is set in 1960s about a teenage girl from a rural village, having a crush on her new school teacher (played by Lee Byung-hun). The girl, instead of doing her homework, uses her exercise book to confess her feelings for the teacher. But the teacher has his eyes on a female teacher who also started the job at the school at the same time as he did.
I won't say what happens after that, in case I spoil the story, but the film manages to bring the live of these 3 people together in an unexpected way and it's sure to make you laugh and cry at the same time.
This film manages to bring out the softer and gentler side of Lee Bryun-hun (and the film is all the more better because of it), who usually played much harder and tougher characters in Korean TV dramas, like All-In and Beautiful Days.
If you are new to Korean films in general, I'd also suggest trying out 'JSA', 'Brotherhood', 'The Way Home' and 'Christmas in August'.
But, if you like this kind of story then other films worth watching are 'Not One Less' and 'The Road Home' by the acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who also made 'The House of Flying Daggers' and 'Hero'.
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Delightful view of first loveBy christo (7 reviews) from Tunbridge Wells , 29 Apr 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI enjoyed this tale of a schoolgirl who has a big crush on her teacher who in turn has fallen in love with another teacher.
It is a sad tale but has a touching ending.
Feel Good MovieBy a customer from Nottingham , 08 Jan 2009A very sweet and poignant korean movie about first loves. One tip, don't switch off when the credits start rolling.
A glimpse of KoreaBy BenCooke (32 reviews) from Banchory , 02 Jan 2008This is a fine film, light-hearted rather than touching. Most importantly, it gives a fascinating glimpse of rural South Korea in the 60s, a country and a time that few of us non-Koreans know about. The acting is generally excellent, and, if perhaps a little long, it makes a most enjoyable and enlightening way to pass a couple of hours. For a very different glimpse of this fine country try 'Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring.'
Skool DayzBy Bill Johnson from Leamington Spa, England , 20 Apr 2007A recording of Connie Francis singing Dont Break My Heart plays over the main titles, an appropriate choice for this movie of unrequited love and departure which surprisingly is one of the happiest films I have seen in some time. It also serves to date the time of the movie to the early 1960s.
A young teacher, Mr. Kang, arrives from the city to begin his first year of teaching in the secondary school serving a remote part of South Korea. The voice-over narration indicates that it is all taking place in the memory of a former student although the film appears to be happening in the present which can be momentarily disconcerting, at least until the film gets underway which does not take long.
The rest of the staff seem an unprepossessing bunch of over-acting stereotypes until Kang meets the other new teacher, Miss Yang, and is immediately attracted to her. Kang finds that he shares a love of American pop music with the young woman and soon falls in love with her whilst at the same time the student whose memories we are hearing on the voice-over is falling in love with Kang.
When he is introduced to his class Kang is slightly put out to discover what a gang of hicks they are but they get up to all the same kinds of mischief that fertile young minds anywhere in the world can imagine which means that there is an awful lot of incident packed into the films 116 minute running time.
And now for the bad news.
The dvd transfer is rough to say the least. There are a few very abrupt cuts which are quite off-putting. The frame rate seems to be well adrift because wherever there is fast movement you get a series of after images reminiscent of Norman Mclarens Pas De Deux and the subtitles are not all they could be. A couple of times parts of conversations made no sense so you have to guess at the meaning and several times passages, particularly verses of song or scraps of writing were left untranslated, which I suppose is one of the hazards of watching foreign movies. Lastly a few parts of the movie had some heavy colour saturation which made peoples faces turn scarlet.
But despite the problems with the transfer this light and somewhat derivative movie makes for a most enjoyable evenings viewing, very different from the cynical buffoonery that so often passes for comedy nowadays.
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Very goodBy a customer from East Yorks , 12 Dec 2006This film brings to life a time and place I know very little about. The seasons mix with the charming characters to make a very enjoyable film. Allthough it's set in a distant land - we can sympathise with the story and characters problems. Teenage crushes, nerves at a new job and the sadness felt when a relationship is doomed from the start.