The Old Garden is Released
Im Sang-Soo’s reverential adaptation of the novel keeps the fragile balance between the political and the personal that could be found in the book, and turns out to be, arguably, one of the most original (and quite oblique one as well) cinematic treatment of the national tragedy, represented on screen before by Jang Sun-Woo in 1996 with A Petal and Lee Chang-Dong, with Peppermint Candy in 2000. Im Sang-Soo, who confirms here his status as a political filmmaker, in the highest sense of the word. picks up the contemporary history of South Korea at the precise moment when his previous film, The President's Last Bang (his best work to date), left it: after the murder of President Park Chung-Hee, on October 26th 1979. The peninsula has fallen under the heel of General Chun Doo-Hwan, who lead the Coup d’état of December Twelfth (1979) and left a gaping wound in the history of Korea in the form of the Gwangju massacre.
The Old Garden (오래된 정원) is a 2006 South Korean film. It is directed by Im Sang-soo and stars Yeom Jeong-ah, Ji Jin-Hee and Yoon Yeo-Jung. It is adapted from a best-selling novel by Hwang Suk-young. It premiered at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival.
The plot of the film involves the a couple during the turbulent policital landscape in early 1980's South Korea, and the events surrounding the Gwangju Massacre.