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  • Actors: Kyung-Gu Sol, Moon So-Ri, Yeo-Jin Kim
  • Directors: Chang-Dong Lee
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: YA Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B1DSP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Peppermint Candy" on IMDb

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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!

Review

"... excellent playing by all the leads." -- Derek Elley, VARIETY

Similar to mind bending indie hit "Memento" -- Media Circus

Customer Reviews

I think I just didn't really like the main character.
JaneOklahoma
Harrowing and undeniably depressing, it is still has a very uncanny ability to express pure beauty through sheer EMOTIONAL pain.
Woopak
This is a very poignant movie about a man's loss of his innocence as the movie works backwards from end to beginning.
M. Choi

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on November 8, 2007
Format: DVD
PEPPERMINT CANDY is directed by Lee Chang-Dong (OASIS), another film professor turned director. I think he is one of the frontrunners of Korean cinema along with Hong Sang-soo (Woman is the future of man), Kim Ki-Duk (The Isle), Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy) and Kim Jee-Woon (A Bittersweet Life). Lee is a master of true South Korean melodrama; "Peppermint Candy" is his 2nd venture in the art of film-making. This film is a work of art, his talent shines through, and this film will surely be part of his legacy in Korean cinema that will not be forgotten.

A distraught man stands in the middle of the train tracks in a train's path facing certain death. Told in reverse chronological order, through the film's proceedings reveal the sequences that brought him to this situation in the first place and the reason for his state of mind. Why is this everyday man standing in the path of death? Seemingly hopeless, this film is the tale of a broken man.

It is very difficult to give an in-depth overview of this film without spoiling the experience. If you've seen "MEMENTO", then you have a good idea of how this film plays out. However, this film is a very different animal than the Hollywood hit. Through the film's reverse sequences we retrace the life of this man and perhaps make sense of what drove him to self destruction. We go backwards through his life from his failed marriage and his dead-end job, his first love, he was traumatized when he served in the army; all these factors contributed to the emotional and psychological breakdown of this broken man.

Lee's direction is excellent.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eva Sophia on April 26, 2006
Format: DVD
Amanda Marshall once sang that "Everybody has a story that can break your heart".... For anyone who wonders why some people end up the way they do ... Peppermint Candy gives one rendition of a life stripped apart by choices, decisions, interpretations, perceptions, and unhealed sorrow. A bitter ending from a sweet beginning is more common than you think. What is perhaps the most heartbreaking theme in the main character's fall from grace are his choices and inability to get back on track. Although the political turbulence of South Korea was far beyond his control, and his life was a reflection of such circumstances of making due, it appeared to be his failure to heal his wounds that did him in. When a wound is not at least on its way to healing not much changes, except the hurt intensifies and gets worse as more negative life events occur.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ZombieTongue on October 28, 2005
Format: DVD
Peppermint Candy truly is an amazing film. Poignant in its depiction of the hard life of the lead character, it is a truly moving and interesting film. The acting is outstanding from all of the actors, with an especially beautiful and moving performance by the lead character, who truly experiences a wide array of emotions throughout the twenty years of his life that the film depicts.

As well, this DVD is truly a great release. The quality of the image is very clear and much nicer than some other American releases of Korean films. I would rank the image quality as being close to the wonderful presentations of the American releases of the Korean films Tae Guk Gi as well as Untold Scandal.

I highly recommend others to see this film and hope that it eventually gets much more exposure - something that it rightfully deserves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Choi on September 19, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a very poignant movie about a man's loss of his innocence as the movie works backwards from end to beginning. I wouldn't exactly call it a Korean "Memento" because the structure is not used as a gimmick to keep the audience watching the film. However, the audience methodically gets to see where it all went wrong as the main character slowly loses his humanity over twenty years of his life.
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