Rainy Days

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La Saison des pluies

Rainy Days


by Yu Hyun-mok

South Korea


La Saison des pluies

Director: Yu Hyun-mok

Script: Yum Sam-yuk after Yoon Heung-gil's novel

Cinematographer: Yu Yong-gil

Editing: Lee Kyong-ja

Sound: Sin Inho

Music: Han Sanggi

Cast: Lee Tae-gun, Hwang Chong-sun, Kim Seok-hun, Kim Sin-jae, Choe Yong-won

Production: Nam-A Promotion

Year: 1979

35 mm, Colour, 114 min, 
OV Korean with French Subtitles


With kind support of Paris' Korean Culutral Center and Nam-A Promotion

The Korean War has started. On June 25th 1950, little Tongman’s maternal grand-mother comes to live with him in the countryside. She very often mentions how her son died fighting the communists whom she would like to see all dead. Tongman’s paternal grand-mother does not like the other grand-mother’s vehement words since her own son chose to join the communist side. The two grand-mothers do not bear each other and Tongman’s preference for his maternal grand-mother worsens the deep-seated malaise. One day, Tongman reveals the presence of his guerilla uncle at home, which causes the imprisonment and torture of his father. His paternal grand-mother now hates him. The guerilla is finally shot down, but the grand-mother refuses to believe her son is dead since a soothsayer predicted the day and time of his return. When that day comes, a big snake appears.
Rainy Days is the adaptation of Yoon Heung-gil’s novelette. In the background of this family conflict is the Korean War with its consequences which are those of any civil war.

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