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Peppermint Candy. 1999. South Korea. Written and directed by Lee Chang-dong. In Korean; English subtitles. 130 min.
Middle-aged Yong-ho (Kyung-gu Sol) appears to be on the verge of suicide at a 20-year reunion with friends. Multiple flashbacks give us glimpses at his life over the past two decades, from 1979 to 1999. In a period defined by a series of pivotal national events—the Gwangju Uprising, which reportedly left hundreds of people demonstrating against the military government dead; the subsequent repressive political environment; the rise and fall of the Korean economy—Yong-ho finds himself swept up by momentous forces beyond his control. Lee Chang-dong displays an extraordinarily deft touch in interweaving complex historical events and private life, national trauma and personal failure, portraying a man who is both victim and aggressor.
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