(aka "Peppermint Candy" or "Bakha satang")

 

directed by Chang-dong Lee
Korea 2000

Spring, 1999. On a railroad bridge overlooking an idyllic riverbank, Yong-Ho (Sul Kyung-Ku) faces an oncoming train. Distraught and beyond reason, Yong-Ho shouts, "I'm going back!" right before the train takes his life...

Peppermint Candy takes viewers back before Yong-Ho's death, and back through 20 years of the doomed man's life. Director Lee Chang-Dong weaves an emotionally wrenching tale about the futility of dreams against the unstoppable march of time. Like Memento, Peppermint Candy unfolds in reverse, with each stop in time giving new insight into Yong-Ho, as he becomes the man who will one day submit to his own death on a railroad bridge - the very same bridge beneath which he would declare his love for Sun-Im (Moon So-Ri) 20 years earlier...

But Peppermint Candy is more than a portrait of one man's self-destructive regret. Lee Chang-Dong takes Yong-Ho and the audience through 20 years of turbulent Korean history, including a stop at the tragic Gwang-ju Massacre, where Yong-Ho performs an act that will forever change his life. Full of harrowing moments and bittersweet emotions, Peppermint Candy earns every bit of its reputation as a masterpiece of the Korean New Wave!


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Theatrical Release: January 1st, 2000 - South Korea

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Runtime 2:09:56 2:10:00 2:09:56
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1.43:1 Original Aspect Ratio
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Audio Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0) Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0), Korean DTS

Subtitles English, Korean, Japanese and none English, Chinese and none English, Korean and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alto Media Inc.

Aspect Ratio:
Cropped - 1.43:1

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DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2002
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Studio: YA Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
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• Sneak peeks (10 min each) of both Singles and Turning Gate


DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2005
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Studio: Spectrum Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
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DVD Release Date: July 11th, 2003
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Comments: ADDITION (YA Entertainment - Region 1 NTSC) - Sept 05': This is called "The U.S. release" only as it is locked into region 1. Well, unfortunately this newer YA Entertainment edition leaves a lot to be desired. It is non-progressive (see combing in large capture #5) and quite hazy next to the Spectrum release that appears, like the 5-disc Chang-Dong Lee that it is also included in, to be out of print.

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The Alto Media came out first and was many individuals initiation into this film and Chang-Dong Lee films. Most unfortunately it was pan + scan, cropping away information meant to be in the frame. Obviously the newer widescreen version of this film is superior in every aspect - sharpness, color fidelity, subtitles, Extras, sound - there is really no comparison. I should pick up this Boxset - if only for this film in its proper aspect ratio.

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