Plum Blossom (film)

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Plum Blossom
Directed byKwak Ji-kyoon
Produced byLee Won-gi
Oh Eun-sil
Written byKwak Ji-kyoon
StarringKim Rae-won
Kim Jung-hyun
Jin Hee-kyung
Bae Doona
Music byKim Seong-jun
Song Si-hyeon
CinematographyHam Sun-ho
Edited byKim Hyeon
Eye Pictures
Won Film
Distributed byCinema Service
Release date
  • October 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)
Running time
113 minutes
CountrySouth Korea

Plum Blossom (Hangul청춘; RRCheongchun; lit. "Youth") is a 2000 South Korean coming-of-age film written and directed by Kwak Ji-kyoon.[1]


Kim Ja-hyo, a teenage boy, moves to a new high school in his senior year. His classmate Jeong Ha-ra seduces him, and he loses his virginity with her. Afterwards, he becomes frightened when Ha-ra obsessively declares her love for him, so he begins to avoid her. Devastated by his indifference, Ha-ra commits suicide in front of the whole school. Since then, though Ja-hyo sleeps around in college, he is unable to form lasting attachments with women. Until he meets perky nurse Seo Nam-ok.

Meanwhile, Ja-hyo's best friend Lee Su-in develops a crush on the new teacher, Yun Jeong-hye. She unwillingly rejects him because a student-teacher relationship is socially taboo. Heartbroken, Su-in gets involved with an older woman in college, but continues to pine after Jeong-hye, sending her countless letters. To get closure, he hopes to see her face-to-face one last time.


  • Kim Rae-won as Kim Ja-hyo
  • Kim Jung-hyun as Lee Su-in
  • Jin Hee-kyung as Yun Jeong-hye
  • Bae Doona as Seo Nam-ok[2]
  • Yoon Ji-hye as Jeong Ha-ra
  • Kim Jae-young as Seo Wan-jae
  • Ham Shin-young as Ha Jeong-tae
  • Park Chan-im as Oh Dal-sun
  • Lee Yong-nyeo as Ha-ra's mother
  • Jo Han-hee as Su-in's mother
  • Go Doo-shim as Nam-ok's mother
  • Lee Yoon-geon as Homeroom teacher
  • Lee Chun-woo as Drunk
  • Ham Sun-ho as Professor


  1. ^ Derek Elley (19 November 2000). "Review: Plum Blossom". Variety. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Bae Doo-na: Acting Without a Pretty Face On". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 April 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2015.

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