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696 Ratings

Peppermint Candy

Bakha satang

Directed by Lee Chang-dong
South Korea, Japan, 1999
Drama, Romance


“I’m going back!” As we begin, a man in South Korea commits suicide by throwing himself in front of a train. The film moves backwards from there, step by step, showing in reverse how he became the man he was.

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Peppermint Candy Directed by Lee Chang-dong

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2000 | Directors' Fortnight

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2000 | 3 wins including: Don Quijote Award

2000 | Special Mention: Netpac Award

2000 | Honorable Mention

Critics reviews

Lee is a master of no-prisoners relationship intercourse, as any fan of his Oasis (2002) or Poetry (2010) knows. Peppermint Candy might look from on high like a scathing critique of an entire generation of Korean men, as well as of the country’s institutional default settings as it transformed itself into a democracy. But on the ground it’s the film’s ineluctable shape and pounding melancholy that you can’t forget.
October 15, 2014
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