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Udine Far East Film Festival- Opening Film




April 16, 2014 marked a dark day for South Korea when a ferry from Incheon to Jeju sank resulting in the deaths of 304 passengers and crew, many of them secondary school students. Birthday is writer Lee Jong-un’s directing debut and is a heartfelt and searingly emotional story of those who were left behind following the disaster. The film features the legendary actors Sul Kyung-gu (Peppermint Candy, The Merciless) and Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine) who are reunited on screen 18 years after they starred in I Wish I Had a Wife.


The film captures the birthday of Su-ho, a son who passed away on April 16, 2014. As Su-ho’s birthday approaches Soon-nam (Jeon), who silently endures the grief of losing her son, can’t accept that Su-ho is gone. She hates the thought of everyone gathered on his birthday without him. Meanwhile, Jung-il (Sul), Su-ho’s father who lives with a sense of guilt for not being there for his family, finally returns to Korea two years after his son’s passing. Although the reality is all too strange and painful, Jung-il is determined to celebrate his son’s birthday with his family.






Sul Kyung-gu, Jeon Do-yeon

Director: Lee Jong-un
Duration (min) : 120 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: G
Genre: Drama
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English





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