A Petal

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A Petal

A Petal


by Jang Sun-woo

South Korea


A Petal

Director: Jang Sun-woo

Screenplay: Jang Mun-il, Jang Sun-woo
adapted from Choi Yun's novel Silently, A Petal falls

Cinematographer: You Yong-kil

Editing: Kim Yang-il

Sound: Christian Bass

Casting: Lee Jung-hyun, Mun Seong-kun, Lee Yeong-ran, Cho Sang-mi, Myeong Gye-nam

Production: Anh Byoung-ju

Year: 1996

35 mm, Color, 101 min,OV Korean with French subtitles


With kind support of Korean Film Archive and Korean Cultural Center in Paris

May 1980, amidst the gunfire of the Kwangju uprising, a fifteen-yearold girl abandons her dying mother and runs away. She tags along with a complete stranger a construction worker named Jang, whom she calls by the endearment “Elder Brother”. Her unbroken silence, aimless gaze, and traumatized body drive Jang to frustrated rage. Wishing to escape the nightmare of her presence, Jang mercilessly abuses her. But with each passing day he finds himself becoming absorbed into her pain and sorrow. 

Jang Sun-woo’s life project, this adaption from Choi Yun's novel Silently, a Petal Falls, A Petal includes documentary footage filmed during the actual Kwangju uprising, as well as impressive animation sequences.

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