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Don't Look Back (내 청춘에게 고함)

내 청춘에게 고함 (Nae Cheong-choon-e-ge Go-ham)

Directed by Kim Young-nam (김영남)

Screenplay by


126min | Release date in South Korea :


Jung-hee, a 21 year-old college student is a lover of dance. She is confused when her father comes back after a fifteen-year absence and finds it difficult to accept him. 25 year-old Keun-woo is a telephone mechanic who enjoys eavesdropping while at work. He gets to know a woman through eavesdropping and falls in love with her. However, he is quite lost as to how he should express his feelings for her. Thirty-year-old In-ho was already a married man when he enlisted in the army two years previous. He comes home on his last leave of absence from the service. He detects something has changed in his wife but does not know what.
The film is about these three young people whose lives are thrown into uncertainty. What will be waiting for them at the end of their journey through life?

KOFIC Production Support for International Co-productions 2005
KOFIC Support for Subtitles, Translation and Print Production 2006


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    2006/08/13, Source
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 Jeong So-yeong-II (정소영)
 Assistant director
 Lee Eun-hee-I (이은희)
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 Kim Hyeong-joo (김형주)
 Hwang Soon-wook (황순욱)
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Release date in South Korea : 2006/07/13

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