Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2018


Directed by Chang-dong Lee


Director: Chang-dong Lee
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Republic of Korea
Year: 2018
Language: Korean
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Yun
18+ (no age rating)



Some people can't believe their luck. This certainly goes for Jong-soo, a young writer, who meets Hae-mi, an old acquaintance from their school days. He soon falls for her. While she's off on a long trip, he feeds her cat, which might be imaginary. Ben, the travel companion whom Hae-mi brings home, is that much more real. Jong-soo remains patient, and it soon becomes clear that shrewd, well-off, worldly Ben likes to play with fire. Far too much. One day, Hae-mi disappears. This mysterious romantic thriller is based on a short story by Haruki Murakami.

Meet the director


Chang-dong Lee

Chang-dong Lee was born in Daegu, South Korea, in 1954. He graduated from the local university in 1981 with a degree in Korean literature, then became a teacher and a successful author. In 1997, he directed his first film, a thriller called GREEN FISH. OASIS, a romance, earned him the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2002. His POETRY received two awards in Cannes in 2010. In between, Lee served his home country for a year as minister of culture.


Screenplay: Jung-Mi Oh, Chang-dong Lee
Director of Photography: Kyung-pyo Hong
Film Editor: Hyun Kim, Da-won Kim
Composer: Mowg
Production Designer: Shin Jeom-Hui
Costume Design: Chung-yeon Yi (Style7)
Sound: Seung-chul Lee (WAVELAB)
Producer: Joon-dong Lee, Chang-dong Lee
Production Company: Pinehousefilm
Co-Producer: Kwang-hee Ok
Co-Production Company: Nowfilm, NHK
World Sales: Finecut Co., Ltd.