The Harmonium in My Memory

Synopsis: Hong-yun is a high school girl in little mountain village when she falls head-over-heels for a handsome new school teacher, Mr. Jang. What with taking care of her youngest baby brother for her widowed mother and the impossible age difference, it is a roller-coaster ride for her as she tries to become someone special for Mr. Jang while he seems interested in the other new teacher at the school, Miss Yang.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Young-jae Lee
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
116 min

The Harmonium in My Memory

Boiled eggs, dried squids

How much?

There you go, Thank you.

Boiled eggs.

Pumpkin candy.

I collect empty bottles.

I take rubber moccasins.

Ullungdo pumpkin candy.

Hey you! Stop!

I said stop!

Dare you! You're messing me up!

Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top

Stop crying!

Hey! You can play like that

with the baby crying?

Get away!

Come to mama. Come sweetie.

You done boiled the laundry, girl?


Hey! Where ya going?


Get off!

Oh my lord!

Oh no!

Wretched girl!

I'll be sure to break your legs!

Sir, we're here.

Thank you, sir.

Pardon me, Miss!

May I ask you something?

I'm trying to find

Sanri Elementary School...

Pardon me, Miss... Pardon me...

Damn girl! What cha looking at?

Talk about nerves!

Get up and hold onto this!

You act like you've never been fed!

When was I ever fed right?

How dare you complain like that?

Oh, my back!

Ma, you ok?

You trying to kill me girl?

Get up and eat your dinner!

Here, here. Drink some water.

Ay, you wretched girl.

This is Mr. Choi,

he's in charge of 6-2 class.

Nice to meet ya!

You're gonna break

some hearts in Sanri, ain'tcha?

Meet Mr. Cho, Myungkoo,

He's in charge of moral training.

How're ya! Nice to finally meet

a fellow bachelor.

And this is Sanri's one and only,

Miss Yoo, Haeri.

She's in charge of

the 4th grade 4-1 class.

A bachelor worthy of the title.

Welcome to Sanri!

Mr. Yang, Poongjoo,

in charge of General Affairs.

Ay, nice to meet you.

Please fill out these forms...

I need a copy of your

birth certificate, diploma...


Here, let me...


My name's Yang, Eunhee,

Nice to meet you.

K-Kang, Suha. Good to meet you.

Have you two found places to stay?

Quiet, bright,

the best room in this house.

This is the only room you've got.

Great! I'll take it.

Wonderful. You must be starving!

Go on and wash up!

First job after Teaching School,

so how old are you?


Why do you ask?

It's like seeing me,

only ten years younger.

Living in this poor village...

It's boring a single old man

like me to death here

Why are you still single?

It takes two to tie the knot.

I'm sure you'll meet someone...


What's the use?

You don't have a turntable!

I've got some root wine,

let's have a drink.

Good morning.

What's with you two?

Go on, get going...

Good morning.


please walk Nanhee to school.

The most important thing is

to respect your elders.

Respecting your parents

and following the rules...

Who the hell!

So happy I'm not your

class teacher anymore, huh?

We'll see about that next year.

What you laughing at?

F***! You little punks!

Attention! Bow!

Good Morning!

Listen, students.

She still thinks

I'm her class teacher.

Go over there and have a seat.

Before we begin...



Who's baby is that?

Young lady, I'm speaking to you?

It's my baby brother,

we don't have a babysitter.

Before we begin everyone...


Granddaddy's got your lunch box.

Where'd she go?

Sir, I'm Kangjoo's class teacher.

Oh, teacher sir.

What a fine job you're doing here.

She quarrel with her mama

and didn't have breakfast.

Granpa, I ain't hungry!

Go home!

Kangjoo! Get over here and take it.

Scholastic achievement

is not everything.

You all have different

features and different talents.

Scholastic success

is only one of thousands of gifts.

What I want from you

is to value your...

You bastard.

F*** you a**hole.

Hey, let go of me, dickwad!

Hey you two!

Stop that this instant!

You son-of-a-b*tch! Let go!

Ooh, look!

You had to go poop now!

You guys stop it!

He's got the stick!

Stop it, stop it, stop it!

Jesus, Christ!

Damn lowlifes!

This isn't your living room!

You spare the rod

and the kid goes rotten.

You have to kick some asses

if you want peace.

Treat them like people.

Force may not be necessary.

That's theoretically correct,


You have to punish one

and show them what you can do.

They won't mess with you

after that. Isn't that right?

Hey, they're getting away.

Stop right there!

Hongyeon! Let's play!

I'm too old for

you runny nose babies!

A belated welcome.

I'm Dootae's dad.

Please come on in!

Thank you. Here you go.

How's my Dootae?

I hate to brag, but he's a winner.


If I can be of any assistance.

Please let me know.

Talk about needing assistance.

Such an ancient Auditorium,

this an age for

reconstruction, right?

There isn't much,

but please help yourself!

Mr. Chung, huh, huh?

What in God's name are you doing?

Got your monthlies?


An official welcome song

to the new teachers of Sanri!

"The young girl by blossom

pond has run away to Seoul.

She done thrown away

her bucket and hoe..."


mama's going to town for work.

Wretched girl.

What in heavens is going on here?

I wanted to teach them

that school is a fun place.

A place worth coming to...

The classroom is not a playground.

What about next month's

provincial placement exams?

I understand your intentions.

But you mustn't disturb

neighboring classes.

Oh, were we that loud?

No. I, I thought you were

having class outdoors.

I thought it was a chorus.

What? I thought it was an earthquake!

Uh oh, look who walked in.


Are your their class teacher?

Yes? Please have a seat.

Aren't you Hong... dan?

Oh, right.

Uh, hmm, uh...


My name's Hongyeon, not Hongdan.

Yoon, Hongyeon.

Oh right! Sorry, I haven't

learned all your names yet.

That's all right. I understand.


What are you still doing here?

Ah, I left my lunchbox here.

I see. Well, go home now.

Oh, Mr. Kang!

Please, let me.

Oh, that's Ok

It's Saturday.

Why are you still here?

What about you?

I wanted to correct some

compositions with the kids.

These 5th graders have

the grammar skills of 1st graders.

Many of their parents

are illiterate themselves.

I heard most of these kids end

their studies after 6th grade.

To be practically

illiterate would be a shame.

It doesn't seem like

the rain's going to stop.

Mr. Kang, do you have an umbrella?

I wanted to major in music,

but my parents disagree.

So, I settled for just

listening to a lot of it.

Have I been babbling on about me?

No, I like music too.

But here is far from town.

It's hard to buy new records.

I have some LPs.

We could swap from time to time.

Mr. Kang, you're twenty-one, right?


What an age to be.

Why do you think you're too old?

Not yet but

I'm already twenty-five.

Twenty-five is a

ripe age for a woman.

We're already here.

My place is this way.

I'll walk you home.

No, that's Ok It's just right here.

It's raining too hard.

You'll catch something...

Miss Yang, here take this umbrella...

No just share it with me next time.

Of course... yeah!

The LP... the LP?

Hey, stop fooling around.

Hurry up!

Where has she gone?

Hi ya.

Sir, does this work?

Everything I fix works like a charm.

More like a scream!


Nanhee! You live here?

Uh huh.

Ooh... how pretty.

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