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  • Family/Child
  • Coming of Age
  • Environment/Nature
  • Art/Artist
  • Country/RegionKorea
  • Production Year2023
  • Running Time84min
  • Format DCP
  • ColorColor/B&W
Program Note
Nine-year-old Si-woo often cries at night, missing his late mother. In those moments, his father Min Byung-hun embraces him, offering comfort and solace. The bereaved father and son’s days are burdened with sadness, solitude, and longing for the loving wife and mother, but their shared moments are imbued with warmth and strength. Byung-hun encourages Si-woo to write poetry, while he himself channels his unexpressed emotions into capturing nature through his camera lens. Capturing the forest, wind, fog, snow, sunlight, sunset, and the sea, Byung-hun’s camera and Si-woo’s poetry seamlessly merge with one another, and the father and son’s everyday life, bittersweet emotions, and the changing seasons naturally pervade the poetic images on the screen. Together with deep, heartfelt poetry, the natural landscape of Jeju Island, and longing for the one who has passed, Promise is a mourning journal and a prayer of a film. (HONG Eunmi)
MIN Byung-hun
Min Byung-hun graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography, and made his feature debut with Flight of the Bee (1998), which won the Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Prize, and Audience Award at the Torino Film Festival. His film Let’s Not Cry (2001) received the Critics’ Award and Special Mention at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Among his notable works are Pruning The Grapevine (2007), Touch (2012), Love Never Fails (2014), I’m Feng (2015), The Emperor (2017), and Phantom (2022). Promise is the final installment in his trilogy of films exploring the theme of promises, following Miracle (2020) and the media art project The Sea and the Poison (2022).
MIN Byung-hun
Sung-jin MO
Byung-hun MIN, Si-woo MIN
Byung-hun MIN
Byung-hun MIN, Sang-hun LEE
Sang-hun LEE
Jae-hyun SEONG
Myung-hwan KIM
Production Company
Minbyunghun Film
World Sales
M-Line Distribution