Catholic seminary student Soo-hyeon is having a hard time deciding whether to stay on the road to priesthood or give in to his earthly love for a girl named Sue, whom he has just abandoned even though he still loves her. He takes advantage of a visit to his sick mother to look for Sue, but she refuses him. The persuasive rector reverses Soo-hyeon’s decision to leave the seminary with a proposal that he undergo a catharsis in the monastery. The doubting youngster’s new-found peace is lost however when he sees novice Helena, whose similarity to Sue awakens his defused emotions. The cool tonality of the shots of the Korean countryside and the monastery interiors harmonises perfectly with the aesthetically austere, nonetheless suggestive direction, which mediates the young man’s internal conflict and his fear of making the most important decision of his life. The lead role is played by rising star of Korean film Seo Jang-won, whose acting debut in the film The Unforgiven was shown at last

  1. Min Byung-hun

    Director, Writer

  2. Hyun-chul Park


Top Billed Cast

  1. Lee Min-jung

    Lee Min-jung

    Sue, Helena

  2. Seo Jang-won

    Seo Jang-won


  3. Lee Ho-Young

    Lee Ho-Young


  4. Ki Joo-bong

    Ki Joo-bong

    Father Moon

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Pruning the Grapevine


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Original Title 포도나무를 베어라

Status Released

Release Information

  • February 22, 2007
    12세 이상 관람가


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 55m

Budget $900,000.00

Revenue -


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