Green Days: Dinosaur and I

Green Days: Dinosaur and I (Korean소중한 날의 꿈; RRSojoonghan Nalui Ggoom; lit. "Dream of a Precious Day") is a 2011 South Korean animated film. Without the high-tech computer graphics and three-dimensional techniques that dominate the animation industry, the film was hand-drawn in pencil, with 14 animators using 100,000-plus sheets over a period of 11 years.[1] It premiered at the 15th Busan International Film Festival in 2010 and competed for the top prize at the 2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[2][3]

Green Days: Dinosaur and I
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Theatrical poster
Directed byAhn Jae-hoon
Han Hye-jin
Produced byLee Byung-gyu
Lee Sang-wook
Written bySong Hye-jin
StarringPark Shin-hye
Song Chang-eui
Oh Yeon-seo
Music byLee Ji-yeon
CinematographyLee Young-woong
Meditations with a Pencil
Distributed byA1 Entertainment
Release date
  • June 23, 2011 (2011-06-23)
Running time
98 minutes
CountrySouth Korea

Set in a 1970s rural town, Green Days: Dinosaur and I is a nostalgic coming-of-age story about a high school girl who struggles to find meaning in her existence and learns to confront her biggest fears, while also falling in love for the first time. Yi-rang (voiced by Park Shin-hye) has all but given up on her athletic aspirations, when she meets Cheol-soo (Song Chang-eui), who dreams of becoming an astronaut, and Soo-min (Oh Yeon-seo), a transfer student from Seoul. The film follows the adolescents' budding romance, growing pains, hopes and dreams.[4][5]


Yi-rang is in a race and falls behind. To save herself from shame, she fakes a fall. After that competition she resolves to never compete again. A new transfer student from Seoul comes to school. Her name is Soo-min and all the boys fall for her as she is very pretty.

Yi-rang exits the movie theater to the restroom after the movie is over. She sobs in front of the mirror and then wipes her tears as Soo-min comes out of a stall. Yi-rang meets Soo-min again at a record shop.

A former track teammate of Yi-rang tries to persuade her to return to the track team. Yi-rang refuses. Meanwhile, a boy, Cheol-soo, is in a makeshift hang glider and his friends tries to warn him against flying.

Yi-rang's radio breaks and she takes it the repair shop. She meets a boy from her school. Yi-Rang mistakes his name for Charles, which is his nickname. His name is Cheol-soo and he hopes to become an astronaut. He has an uncle who owns the repair shop. Yi-rang's radio is fixed but it starts raining. She takes an umbrella and forgets her radio at the shop.

Cheol-soo and Yi-rang go on a trip to see a dinosaur footprint. Once back home, Yi-rang races in the marathon.

Cast and charactersEdit

  • Park Shin-hye as Oh Yi-rang - A girl who loves running. She quits the track team.
  • Song Chang-eui as Kim Cheol-soo - A boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut. He is skilled with his hands.
  • Oh Yeon-seo as Han Soo-min - A transfer student from Seoul. She becomes friends with Yi-rang.
  • Uhm Sang-hyun as Uncle
  • Jeon Hye-young as Min-jeong
  • Seo Joo-ae as Go Kyeong-ah
  • Kim Gook-bin
  • Jeong Mi-suk as Pilot


Despite positive reviews from critics and invitations to 10 film festivals all over the world, Green Days: Dinosaur and I was a box office failure domestically, with 51,879 admissions.[6] Co-director Ahn Jae-hoon attributed this to the film's limited release, since bigger, commercial films monopolized theater screens.[7]

Co-director Han Hye-jin won Best Director/Screenwriter at the 2011 Women in Film Korea Awards.[8]


  1. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (9 June 2011). "Green spearheads Korean animations". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (11 May 2011). "Park Shin-hye, Song Chang-eui's animation flick to open next month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  3. ^ Sung, So-young (6 May 2011). "Animated films from Korea back at the box office". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  4. ^ Hooker, Zachary R. (6 October 2011). "Green Days". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  5. ^ Ki, Sun-min; Sung, So-young (15 July 2011). "With rise of 3-D, films with subtitles lose out to dubbing". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  6. ^ Lee, Yeong-joo (16 March 2012). "The Heart-Warming Korean Animation". WorldyanNews. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  7. ^ Park, Ji-won (2 October 2012). "In-depth Coverage on Korean Film Industry". Arirang News. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  8. ^ "LEE Sun-mi wins Woman in Film of the Year". Korean Cinema Today. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-13.

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