Broken Branches (1995)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Period Film  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - South Korea  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This epic Korean drama chronicles four generations of a large family and in so doing comments upon the numerous changes in social and sexual politics over the past few years. The story is divided into distinct sections and centers on the youngest son of a very traditional father who has four wives. The first segment, "Father," introduces the family, seen first in the mid 1950s. There the family compound abounds with a jumble of wives and children. The next section, "Hope" opens in the late 1960s as the father begins having difficulty with the strange rebellious ways of his son, who loves to play air-guitar to British rock and ends up sent to fight in Vietnam. The final segment "Family," centers on Jung Min, the storyteller. He grew up to become a television and film director. As a grown man, he is forced to accept his homosexuality and so begins an encounter with a much older man.

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family, father, generation, generation-gap, homosexual, parent, rebel, tradition