The Seashore Village

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Le Village au bord de la mer

The Seashore Village


by Kim Soo-yong

South Korea


Le Village au bord de la mer

Director: Kim Soo-yong

Screenplay: Shin Bong-seung
after Oh Young-su's novel

Cinematographer: Jeong Jo-myeong

Editing: Yoo Jae-won

Music: Jeong Yun-ju

Casting: Shin Young-kyun, Ko Eun-ah, Hwang Jeong-sun, Lee Nak-hun, Lee Min-ja

Production: Ho Hyeon-chan

Year: 1965

DCP, B & W, 91 min, OV Korean with French subtitles


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

At the seashore village, many fishermen die at sea because of storms. Their widowed spouses work by the sea, sharing their burdens and their loneliness with one another. Hae-sun loses her husband shortly after their marriage. After sleeping with relentless Sang-su, she is chased by her mother and brother-in-law. The two wander from place to place, but Hae-sun's good looks make Sang-su increasingly jealous. 

The Seashore Village, based on a short story by Oh Young-soo, is director Kim Soo-young's most representative literary film. It was highly praised for surpassing the prevailing aesthetic standard of Korean films at the time, with visuals that delicately capture the beauty of the natural landscape on the CinemaScope screen using outstanding camera movements.

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