Once in a Summer

Once in a Summer (Korean그해 여름) is a 2006 South Korean melodrama/romance film directed by Joh Keun-shik. The film stars Lee Byung-hun and Soo Ae.[2] It won Best Film and Best Director (for Joh) at the 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards in 2007.

Once in a Summer
Theatrical poster
Hangul그해 여름
Revised RomanizationGeuhae yeoreum
McCune–ReischauerKŭhae yŏrŭm
Directed byJoh Keun-shik
Written byKim Eun-hee
Produced byPark Mu-seung
Bang Chu-sung
StarringLee Byung-hun
Soo Ae
CinematographyLee Hyung-deok
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Music byShim Hyeon-jeong
KM Culture
Distributed byShowbox/Mediaplex
Release date
  • November 30, 2006 (2006-11-30)
Running time
121 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$1,593,491[1]


To make up for her poor performance as an assistant producer, a girl promises to have her reserved but very renowned professor appear on their television series. The show involves locating the long-lost loved ones of the participant's past. Although hesitant at first, the professor finally agrees. His story takes the assistant back 50 years—1969—when the world is in chaos.

President Park Chung-hee is a dictator and the students are furious. Suk-young and a group of his classmates travel to the country to escape the tense city and help a small village become up-to-date with newly invented technology. It is there he meets Jung-in, a very pretty girl who is the custodian of the only library. Cheerful and happy, they first run across each other when Suk-young hears Jung-in singing while hanging up laundry. Over the period of time that Suk-young is at the village, they get to know each other more. Although Jung-in is hesitant, she gradually opens up to Suk-young. However, their bumpy courtship is threatened by dark secrets that Jung-in hides about her family and their history in the village, secrets that will haunt the pair as the volatile political climate catches up with them.



Distribution rights to Japan were sold for US$4 million.[3][4]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result.
2007 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Film Once in a Summer Won
Best Director Joh Keun-shik Won
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Nominated
Best Actress Soo Ae Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Oh Dal-su Won
Best New Actress Lee Se-eun Won
Best Music Shim Hyun-jung Won


  1. ^ ""Geu-hae Yeo-reum (Once in a Summer) (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  2. ^ "Once in a Summer". Korea Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  3. ^ "Once in a Summer (Korea, 2006)". LoveHKFilm.com. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  4. ^ "Once in a Summer to be Released in Japan". KBS Global. 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2021-07-07.

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