Synopsis by Gönül Dönmez-Colin
Set during the summer of 1952, the volatile period before the end of the Korean War, this first feature by UCLA graduate Kwangmo Lee focuses on the moral degeneration that is the outcome of any war. Two village boys, Sung Min and Chang Hee pass the time spying on the U.S. soldiers who have sex with village women in a deserted mill. Fun and games come to an end when it turns out that one of the women is Chang Hee's mother -- and her pimp is Sung Min's father. Cinematography is particularly exquisite in this minimalist film in which the story unfolds in a leisurely pace. Arrumdawoon Sheechul took four years to achieve recognition after Kwangmo Lee won the Grand Prix for his script at the 7th Hartley Merril International Screenwriting Contest USA 1995. After its premiere at Cannes Film Festival (Directors Fortnight) 1998, it has fast become a festival favorite, winning several awards among which are the Gold Award for a new director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Artistic Achievement Award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
High Artistic Quality, High Production Values