GenreDrama ScreenplayIm Kwon-taek CountrySouth Korea
Release dateApril 12, 2007 (2007-04-12) Based on"The Wanderer of Seonhak-dong"
by Lee Cheong-jun WriterKwon-taek Im, Chung-Joon Lee (novel) Initial releaseApril 12, 2007 (South Korea) CastHyeon-jae Jo (Songhwa), Jung-hae Oh, Seung-eun Oh, Seung-yong Ryoo, Tae-ho Ryu Similar moviesRelated Im Kwon-taek movies
Beyond the years
Beyond the Years (Hangul: 천년학; RR: Cheon-nyeon-hak) is a 2007 South Korean drama film. Celebrating director Im Kwon-taek's 100th film, it is based on the short fiction "The Wanderer of Seonhak-dong" by Lee Cheong-jun, and was presented at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Despite being an informal sequel to Im's phenomenally successful Sopyonje (1993), Beyond the Years was not popular with Korean audiences.
Dong-ho and Song-hwa are separately adopted by Yu-bong (Im Jin-taek), a nomadic singer, and grow up as siblings. Dong-ho falls in love with Song-hwa, but he suffers from the fact that he has to call her sister and constantly fight with Yu-bong’s obsession to make her a great singer. Eventually, Dong-ho leaves home. However, with his unchanging affection for Song-hwa, he keeps following traces of his love while refining his drumming skills in order to match well with her singing. This is the heart-touching love story of Song-hwa, who devotes her life and love to her talent for Pansori (a traditional Korean form of narrative song), and Dong-ho, who has devoted his life to loving her.