Original Book: From shrine to the village deity by Beeseok Jung Does a cuckoo cry at night Executive Producer: Jinwoo Jung Producer: Sangho Han, Myungmu Yoo Adapted by : Kangyoon Kim Director of Photography: Un- kyo Jung Director of Music: Sangki Han Lightning: Minbu Lee
Director of Art: Yongwoo Do Editor: Hyun Kim
Real- time Recording: Hoobo Yang Yoonhee Jung Daekun Lee Yangha Yoon, Bong Choi Director: Jinwoo Jung God, I beg you, my son needs to get married. No one is giving their daughter, because we have nothing. Please god, please I beg you god. I have to bury it today, but I have to eat first! Son, breakfast is ready! Yeah, I’ll be there. Hey, drink some water,
don’t eat too fast. She said she was following
a cuckoo, and ended up here. She woke up in the woods, and her mother and friends are gone. I think they just left her there. They might have a story, but… She can be your wife after few years. Maybe it’s god’s will. Let’s have a breakfast,
I need to work. Why did you come here? She wanted me to get you some potatoes. Already a snack time? What are you doing? – This?
– Yeah. Burying the charcoal. For what? To make a fine charcoal. Bury for a week for a regular ones. But to make a fine charcoal, we just bury it when it’s still burning. Bury when it’s burning? Right. Why? I told you,
to make a fine charcoal. What is a fine charcoal? You don’t know that? It’s just a fine charcoal! The best charcoal! Well, what is charcoal? What? What is that for? Wow, you really don’t know.
How old are you? 12! So your mother is a traveling dancer? Yes, she is good! She can be your wife after few years. What’s wrong? Hey, Sooni! Sooni! Sooni! What’s wrong? It’s gone, the cuckoo. You want a cuckoo? Then what is it? When cuckoo calls,
mom will be there. Mom? I don’t get it. What’s your mom got to do with a cuckoo? Mommy liked the sound of cuckoo! Your mom is gone, even you find a cuckoo,
you can’t find her. I can find her! No. Yes! I said it’s not possible! You have to live with us from now on! You will get better. You will soon forget her. And enjoy living here. This mountain is my favorite. The sky, wind, trees, shrine, birds and animals, flowers and butterflies raspberries, blackberries, and walnuts
in every different season. Acorns and chestnuts. Here, try it. Is that you, Hyunbo? Chilsung? Wow! Long time no see! I thought you were dead, man! How have you been?
Everything’s fine? You don’t look successful. No, but I could see the world. I went to every part of Korea. Well, you are still selling the charcoal? Yes, that’s my job! Everyone uses charcoal. Pine trees, firs, cedars, anything can be the charcoal. When market is held,
I just take them and get rice. If I have enough money,
I can even get some drink! Well, she is my fiancee! Oh, really? I didn’t know that. I was about to hit on her. Well, then I would have killed you. This is Chilsung, my only friend. You must come to my wedding, I have no other friend, you know. Mom, how old is Sooni? What’s that for? No matter how poor we are,
we need to follow the rules. Well, I think she is old enough
to marry me. I was just about to decide the day. Of course she is old enough. What are you doing? Just kiss her. Here’s some water. I got it. Just leave us alone. Okay,
I will come back tomorrow morning. This tree is falling, yes it’s falling, A fox in the mountain, run away. The iron ax I have will cut the tall tree. I am sad I can’t see my grandchild, but I am happy to get you married. We owe god for this, I was always worried
about his marriage. You should look after the shrine. You know that our great grandfather lost his house in fire because he neglected it. I know that. Even after I am gone, you two should get along, and have many children. Yes. I can feel it, I can feel it. Hey, look at us! This is our little world!
No one can see us! I’ve got everything, I have mountain, trees and I have you!
I’ve got nothing to envy. I love the mountain, too. What about me? Hyunbo! Chilsung? Yeah, it’s me. What’s up? I came to have a drink with you! You want me to go
all the way to the town? Just come out here. That’s good. It’s me, Sooni Yes! What’s yes? He shouldn’t call by your first name! Sure I can.
Shall I try again? Sooni! Yes, I can hear you.
I am not a deaf. Wow, you are so beautiful. He is flirting, just make something and shut him up. All right. The moon is bright. Sure it is. It sure is. I thought we would live
together for 500 years. Hear me my bright moon, I really miss my love Sure it is. It sure is. I thought we would live
together for 500 years. He is not far from here. Would he come if I die? Sure it is. It sure is. I thought we would live
together for 500 years. I will pray for you
with my god in a white sand. Here, you can buy anything!
Come and see! You’re looking for a hand mirror? You like that? How much is it? It is 50 Jeon,
it’s very nice. we only got one left. 50 Jeon is too much. – how about next time?
– All right. Hey, why wait until next time? We can make a deal. How much can you pay? Make it 30. Come on, that’s too much. It’s not a stolen good. Forget it, let’s go. Okay, okay.
Make it 40, that’s it. – Honey, let’s get it.
– It’s even for me. Well… How much is it? It’s 3won! 3won? Don’t even try it.
We don’t have money. Take it off.
We can get a calf for 3won. If you want that really bad, I will get it by this Thanksgiving. Really? Is he Hyunbo
making living by charcoal in the mountain? Right. When did he get married? Well, every Jack has Jill. But that woman is beyond his reach. Where did he find her? You want some more? Don’t even think about it.
You will get in trouble. Hyunbo is a wild man. Don’t you worry.
Just mind your own business. Is it good? Yes, so delicious! At least I can get you
anything you want to eat! – What about the ring?
– The ring? You said you will get me one! Sure I will. Really? Really. Oh, that’s great! I liked so many things in the market! The silver hairpin, hair comb, and everything! We can’t afford all of them. I shouldn’t take you there. I know how to get there!
I can go by myself. Oh no. I am in trouble. Excuse me, this is Ildong Kim,
I am a forest guard. this is Ildong Kim,
I am a forest guard. What is a forest guard? You really don’t know that? Who do you think you are! I protect the mountain. I take people stealing the property! Don’t be afraid of me though. To give one,
as one gets. If you do me a favor I won’t arrest you,
just for getting some woods. Do you understand? Come on, don’t freak out. I am not the bad guy.
You will find me nice. How old are you? – 18 years old.
– 18? That’s a young age. You’re so beautiful. You look like an angel
from the heaven. Are you from the down town? Yes, I came here to see you. – To see me?
– Yes. How do you know me?* I saw you at the market,
you came with Hyunbo. Take it,
it’s my present. What is it? This is face cream and powder.
It will make you more beautiful. Women in the town all use them.
Smell it. Isn’t it nice? Uh? Yes, it smells even better than flowers. Well you don’t know how to put it, right? I get it!
I can do by myself. Stay still. No! Aren’t you going to try the powder? I can do it!
Thanks anyway. Why are you here? Smell this. – What is it?
– Nice, uh? A forest guard bought this. A forest guard? There he is. Oh, good afternoon sir. Well, did you get married? Yes. Where did you get such a lady? My god sent her. Well, that’s good.
I heard your wedding news. I gave her something for a wedding gift. Some cosmetics. Oh, I see…
Thank you. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just nothing. I will see you then.
I hope that will not bother you. Bothering?
No, sir, not at all. Hey,
how about his lunch? No, thanks.
I have to go now. See you again. – See you.
– Take care. Is he a big shot? Yes, if we make a bad impression, we will get in trouble. I see, but I am not afraid of him. – He is a human,
just like us. I will make lunch and come back! What happened to your face? I put some powder, is it nice? No! Go and wash your face! Can’t you hear me? Why? What’s wrong? Go and wash it! What’s wrong with it? I said wash it! No! Don’t do this! Don’t cry. I will get you another one. Then why did you break it? I don’t like him. I don’t want you to use that,
things from him! You didn’t say anything to him. What? How are you? Why didn’t you put the powder? I can get you more. I didn’t like the smell. What? You don’t like the smell? Stay away! Come on, I am not that bad. Who’s there? Sir, how are you? You didn’t go to work today? No, I didn’t feel well. You are a young man,
take care of yourself. I will be all right.
Come in. Well, take care. Leaving already? Yes, I am busy. Well, see you then. Damn it, why the hell is he there? Hyunbo! “I am from the downtown,” there will be a wrestling game in Thanksgiving. The champion gets a calf! Really? Not a chance,
that calf is mine! I lost last time because of my back, but I can get her the jade ring! I promised her the ring, but I didn’t know how. This is really a good chance! We have 10days. Light up the candles! Wow! My honey is coming home! Great! We come empty and return empty. That is good! Light up the candles! My honey is coming home! We come empty and return empty. Like bees chase flowers,
like butterflies chase flowers, I am chasing my love,
for all night long. The songs are sad,
to sing in this long night. Who would find
my long for him? Got up already?
You must be tired. I am fine. Honey, come over here. – Why?
– Come here! What’s wrong? You forgot praying for god here. Oh, that thing. You don’t remember what your mom said? Hey! When did you come?
I didn’t know. I was playing hide and seek. Come on… Take this. I am already full. I have to cut some woods, why don’t you watch the fire? Maybe we might have showers. Where’s my dress? Come and get it. Why did you take my clothes? Why do you think I did that? Get me my dress! Come and get it! Come on!
I might get burned. Damn it. No, don’t come down. Why?
You were asking for this. I said no. Just leave there and go away. I don’t think so. Why are you doing this? Because you’re so beautiful. Please! Will you listen to me? What? If you do that, I will get you a gold ring. Okay, my dress first. Okay. I said my dress first! Not here. Let’s go to my house. He went out to gather woods,
will be back late. Are you sure? Before someone comes! All right. Stay away! You’re fooled! A what? Hey, you will get in trouble then! You can’t scare me! Can I take your husband? Take him for what? Hyunbo cut the trees,
without any permission. Still not guilty? He will be in trouble if I take him. Come on, listen to me. I can just forgive him. You can’t do this to me! Bitch… You will regret this. You like the ring so much? Sure I do. More than me? I finally understand why my mom liked the sound of a cuckoo. She went out from the room
when she heard it. Even in the middle of the night. Your mother? I thought she just liked the cuckoo. And? What’s so funny? I realized that was not true. You realized what now? Sing a song for me. Uh? Come on. Well, if you say so. Ariari, yes,
Arariyo. Ariari, yes,
have fun dear. Asset of mountain is blackberries, asset of mine is my health. Ariari, yes,
Arariyo. Ariari, yes,
have fun dear. A lotus flower is still beautiful in the mud, so can my life in this dirty world. How far are we? Just over the hill. There are people
living here? Well, hard to say people. Hello, sir. Is this man Hyunbo Sohn? Yes. You bastard! You’re under arrest. Sir, what did I do wrong? Didn’t you cut the woods
and make them charcoal? What’s wrong with that? We’ve been doing this
for a long time! Stupid, son of bitch! Don’t you know the forest protection? Give me your hands! Go away! Let’s go. No, where’re you taking him? First, to the police station,
and to the prison. Prison.. You should find a new man. He might be free
after 10 years. Move! Don’t worry,
I didn’t do anything wrong. You need to watch the color, it’s not easy. How can you live 10 years by yourself? Don’t worry about me, you just do what you have to do. Why don’t you listen to what I say? Only if you listen to me
from the first time. Come on,
come down here. Do you think I am an idiot? If you are not, you know what you should do. Do you know what it is like
to be in the prison for 10 years? Locked up in a high seal,
you can’t see the sun, you have to sleep
in a cold floor, you can only eat rice with beans. For 10 years, god sake! People go crazy in there. Why do you want all that? Don’t you want him out tomorrow? Who’s this? I am Chilsung. Chilsung? Son of hunter Yoon,
Chilsung! Son of Yoon? Still not hear of me? I am a wrestler,
Chilsung. So? Why are you here? Why? I came to see her. Since she is alone,
I came to see her. Came to see her?
At this late hour? What about you?
What brought you here? Me?
I came to work! I am a guard! She is under an investigation
for violating the law! Does a guard always
visit a lady living alone, in this late hour? If it is necessary! Are you checking on her butt? Shut up! Don’t you dare say that to me! How dare? Sure, I can dare you. You son of bitch! You are dead. What, what are you doing? I am going to kill you. Ma’am, please,
ma’am please! Ma’am, please. Ma’am, please. Where’s Chilsung? Where is he? I don’t know. You will get in trouble,
if you don’t tell us the truth. Whatever. What? I said I don’t know! – Find him!
– Yes sir! Why did Chilsung try to kill Mr. Kim? You mean Mr. Kim is still alive? What’s wrong with that? No, I mean it’s good to hear that. Well, I will tell Mr. Kim about that. Clear! Well, he is not that stupid. But he will come back to you. Call me when he comes. If you don’t I will take you too. Let’s go. Excuse me, What? What about my husband? Well, he will serve 10 years. Is that you, Chilsung? Where have you been? I ran away for a while, I was worried about you,
so I came back for you. Why did you come for me? You have to leave with me, Hyunbo might not come back. Why not? He might come today. Today? No way, it will take 3years. Why? At least I mean. Mr. Kim is still alive,
what do you think he will do? He will not stay calm. Even Hyunbo is out,
you can’t live here. Why? Why is that? You need a permission
to make charcoal. The new law requires a permission, you can’t sell the charcoal
unless you have the permission, and Mr. Kim is the person in charge. To Mr. Kim? Who the hell is the forest guard? People in the mountain, we just ask for our god here. My god will hear me. Sooni, let’s just leave here. I can take you. I brought you new clothes, and I found a place to live. Here, here is your new dress. These are all for you,
your clothes! Come on. Let’s move,
we need to get out of here before dark! I need a rest. Are you tired? Yes, a little. Let’s take a break. You can’t sit. Why? Your new dress might get dirty. Then what should I do? Just stand there. Where are we going?
Another mountain? No, it’s more like a field. Do we have squirrel and deer? No, we don’t . How about cuckoo and owl? No, but with more people and big houses. Much better than the mountain. What about bracken, balloon flower, and fatsia? Things like that
are only in the mountains. but don’t worry.
You can get anything in the market. Everything will be alright. You will have a much better life! Let’s go! I have to pee,
you can go first. I see, I will be down there. Honey! Sooni! Sooni! Sooni! Sooni! She’s dead, along with Mr. Kim. She put him in the charcoal kiln. When I came, I could only find bones. I tried to bury her. I was waiting
you to come back. She was a true wife, she avenged you. The End. Korean Film Archive presents
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