Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.00 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Peppermint Candy (2005)

Kyung-Gu Sol , Moon So-Ri , Chang-Dong Lee  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.

Watch Instantly with Prime Members Rent Buy
Peppermint Candy (English Subtitled)
$2.99 $6.99

Other Formats & Versions

Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD 1-Disc Version --  
  1-Disc Version --  
Deal of the Week: 55% Off "Justice League: The Complete Series"
This week only, save 55% on "Justice League: The Complete Series". The series contains all 91 episodes as well as a 15th disc which includes a retrospective on the DC universe. The offer to own this series ends October 5, 2014, 11:59 pm PST. Shop now

Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B1DSP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,547 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Peppermint Candy" on IMDb

Special Features


Editorial Reviews


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

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

Product Description

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!

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 ˝ stars: A "BACKWARDS" tale of life and love.... November 8, 2007
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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How a heart is broken one choice at a time April 26, 2006
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Korean film October 28, 2005
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category