Peppermint Candy (박하사탕) (1999)

  • May 11, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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4K Restoration
Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Country: South Korea
Runtime: 120 min
Rating: M18


BEST NEW ACTOR (Sol Kyung-gu)
2000 Baeksang Arts Awards 

BEST NEW ACTOR (Sol Kyung-gu)
2000 Grand Bell Awards 

BEST ACTOR (Sol Kyung-gu)/
2000 Blue Dragon Film Awards 

DON QUIJOTE AWARD (awarded by the Fédération Internationale des Ciné-Clubs)
35th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2000


Young-ho (Sol Kyung-gu) is a broken and depressed man who decides to end his life by standing in front of a moving train. Following this time moves in reverse as we witness six chapters in his life which led him to this decision. In a backwards spiral we see him as an investor who loses a fortune in the stock market, a corrupt police officer, a soldier and an idealistic student.

A breakthrough in Lee Chang-dong’s career, Peppermint Candy established Lee as the premier poet of modern Korean misery. Melding historiography and psychoanalysis, Lee traces the 20 years of South Korean history leading up to the new millennium, highlighting formative events from the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis to the 1980 Gwangju Massacre, which irrevocably change Young-ho. Every detail adds up to form a portrait of a man whose spirit is thoroughly crushed by the increasing difficulties of modern life.

Peppermint Candy is part of the film programme Retrospective: Lee Chang Dong. For the full programme, please click here

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