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genre: Drama, Romance
subtitle: English, Chinese
language: Korean
audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
release date: Nov 01, 2010
made in: Hong Kong
aspect ratio: 1.85:1
case: Keep Case

Region Code: All, NTSC
Single Side Dual Layer
Audio: Korean

Rating for English subtitles: Good

The second feature from writer-director Park Chan Ok, Paju was the opening film of the 39th Rotterdam International Film Festival, making it the first Korean film to have such an honor. Park, who garnered great acclaim for her debut Jealousy Is My Middle Name in 2002, confirms her status as one of Korea's best rising directors with her outstanding sophomore effort. Winner of the NETPAC Award at the 14th Pusan Film Festival, the film takes its title from its setting, Paju, a gritty suburb outside Seoul with a strong military presence and conflicted politics that subtly come into play in the film.

Talented young actress Seo Woo (Crush and Blush) delivers an anguished, nuanced performance as a young woman in love with her activist brother-in-law (Lee Seon Gyun, Romantic Island), whom she suspects killed her sister (Shim Yi Young). Their complex relationship of love and hate, doubt and dependence, anchors the nonlinear story which gradually reveals the characters' tense pasts and deep ties.

Film Festivals
* 2009 (14th) Pusan International Film Festival - October 8th-16th - New Currents (World Premiere)
* 2010 (39th) International Film Festival Rotterdam - January 27th-Feb. 7th - Opening Film
* 2010 (12th) Deauville Asian Film Festival - March 10th-14th - The Features Competition
* 2010 (5th) The London Korean Film Festival - November 5-23

* "NETPAC Award" - 14th (2009) Pusan International Film Festival - October 8th-16th
* "Jury Prize" - 2010 (12th) Deauville Asian Film Festival - March 10th-14th

* "Paju" was selected as the official opening film for the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam - the first ever South Korean film to open that festival.

15-year-old Choi Eun-mo (Seo Woo) falls in love with her teacher Joong-shik (Lee Sun Gyun) a mysterious new man in the town of Paju. Her feelings for Joong-shik changes when she learns that Joong-shik is dating her older sister Eun-soo (Shim Lee Young). A year later, Joong-shik and Eun-soo are now married, with Eun-mo living with them.

One day, when Joong-shik and Eun-soo are home alone, a sudden gas explosion causes the death of Eun-Soo. When Joong-shik tells Eun-mo the tragic news of her older sister, he tells her that her older sister died in a hit-and-run accident. Joong-shik and Eun-soo now live together.

A few years later, Eun-soo, still caught in a whirlwind of emotions for Joong-shik, suddenly leaves for India.

Upon her return to the town of Paju, Eun-mo discovers her apartment is facing demolition and the apartment tenants turned squatters are fighting desperately against the gangster muscle men leading the demolition. The anti-demolition group is led by Eun-mo's former brother-in-law Joong-shik. During this time, Eun-mo digs further into the death of her older sister and she becomes torn between the truth and her feelings for Joong-shik.

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Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: 111mins
Certification: 18
Released: Oct 28, 2009

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Distribution: Warner Brothers






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