Synopsis: A number of old family conflicts emerge when a writer returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kwon-taek Im
  1 win & 1 nomination.
108 min


The symptoms of the

so-called Alzheimer's disease

is in reality reliving one's life

from today to yesterday.

When my old mother is looking

for her husband who died 40 years ago

she is going back to the times

when they were just beginning

to start a family.

When she is worrying

about her mother-in-law's dinner

she is going back

to the newly-wed days.

And when she goes out

with a bundle

she is going back

to her girlhood long long ago.

She is going back

farther and farther before.

Pyeong-chon! Did you see our mother?

She went out of the house again?

Yes, this is driving me crazy.

Be careful

I think she's trying to

go to her maiden home at Dok-do.

The land has all been reclaimed

so she can go by land

whenever she wants to.

She must be thinking of the old days

when she used to go there by boat.

Thank you so much. Thank you...

- Take good care of her.

- Sure.

Listen, what is wrong with you?

Why are you doing this to me!

I'm going to go my home.

Several years ago

a friend lost his two kidneys.

So he was looking

for transplant candidate.

8 brothers and sisters,

2 children and a mother...

They add up for

a total of 22 kidneys.

But he lamented about how no one

offers theirs even as a joke.

Mother, who is that?

Why is she naked

in broad daylight?

At the time,

I thought of my kindhearted mother

and I was thankful and

assured of her healthy state.

She would give not one

but both her kidneys

if it was for her children.

Of course she wouldn't

hesitate about that.

Anyway, her health gives me

hope and assurance to my feeble health

strewed with sickness and

tainted with smoke and alcohol.

Since she lived so long

there's hope that

my health won't tumble so easily.



Your mother has...

Hello, it's me.

When was it?

Since it's eleven right now,

I'll be there 7 at the latest.

Yes. Alright.

What are you doing?

Go to the bank and get some money.

How much?

What do you mean how much?

Get everything.

You know we're

the only source of money.

And bring Eun-ji from school.

Daddy, is grandma dead again?

Are we going to Jang-hung?

Since it's my regular column,

put an apology for the readers.

Of course, if Mr. Park is writing it,

I'm not worried.

Please, take care of that

and get Song Gyu-shik on the phone.

Yes, Gyu-shik, about the pallbearers...

Oh, you know the good-for-nothing crowd...

They came every summer for fishing

and met her several times.

So they are qualified

to be the pallbearer.

Call and tell them that they are

carrying out the coffin in 2 days

so they should be here

by tomorrow.

Thanks for everything.

Yes, it would be nice

if she wakes up like last time

but I doubt it.

You just come and don't tell the others.

Yes, great.


Lee Eun-ji.

Yes, father.

How do you feel right now, Eun-ji?

I'm supposed to be sad,

but I'm not actually

We are now going

to grandmother's funeral.

Do you know what a funeral is?

Burying a dead person?

That's a part of it.


Yeah, it's me.

What? She's awake?

Yes. Mother!

It's me.

We wrapped her hands

and feet 3 hours ago

but she suddenly opened her eyes.

Everyone was totally surprised.

She had a few spoons of food

and now that she's sighing

what if she becomes

healthy again?

I don't know.

Maybe she was just acting

to see how we react.

Who knows?

Anyways, what do we do

with all the food?

Yes. Sure. Then don't hurry

- and come here safely.

- Aunt Ham-pyeong is here.

Oh my, mother! My poor mother...


No! It's not it.

How are you, uncle?


Eun-ji is asleep,

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