ⓘ Late Autumn (2010 film)


ⓘ Late Autumn (2010 film)

Late Autumn is a 2010 English-language film directed by Kim Tae-yong. It stars Tang Wei as Anna, a prisoner who is given a 72 hours parole to visit family in Seattle, and who meets and befriends a South Korean man on-the-run.

A co-production between South Korea, Hong Kong, China and the United States, it is the fourth remake of the now-lost 1966 Lee Man-hee melodrama classic of the same title.


1. Plot

Washington state, US, the present day. Anna Tang Wei, an immigrant from China, has been in prison for seven years for the manslaughter of her husband John Woo, who was jealous over her re-meeting her former boyfriend Wang Jing Jun-seong Kim. Hearing that her mother has died and her brother John has arranged her bail, Anna is given 72 hours parole to visit her family in Seattle. On the coach she meets a young Korean man, Hoon Hyun Bin, who borrows US$30 towards a ticket, and he gives her his watch as security, promising to pay her back later. Unknown to Anna, Hoon is a gigolo on the run from powerful businessman Steve James C. Burns, who wants to kill him for having an affair with his Korean wife, Ok-ja Jeong So-ra. Hoon meets Anna again in Seattle, and the pair spend time together. The next day he turns up at her mothers funeral, and gets into a fight with Wang at a restaurant afterwards. Anna tells him she has to return to prison on time, but Hoon doesnt give up so easily.


2. Cast

  • Tang Wei as Anna
  • Jun-seong Kim as Wang Jing
  • James C. Burns as Steve
  • Danni Lang as Jiang Huang, Wang Jings wife
  • Katarina Choi as Isabel
  • John Woo as Annas husband
  • Hyun Bin as Hoon
  • Jeong So-ra as Ok-ja

3. Release

The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. It also screened at the 15th Busan International Film Festival, the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, and the Fribourg International Film Festival. The film was released in Korean theaters on February 17, 2011 and took ₩6.3 billion US$5.55 million in the box office.

It became the highest grossing Korean film released in China to date, quickly gathering over 910.000 admissions after its March release, with a total box office take of more than 60 million yuan ₩11 billion or US$9.5 million.


4. Awards

2011 Fribourg International Film Festival
  • Ex-Change Award by Youth Jury
  • Special Mention of the Jury of the International Federation of Film Societies
2011 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Best Actress: Tang Wei
2011 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Music: Jo Seong-woo, Choi Yong-rak
2011 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
  • Best Music: Jo Seong-woo
  • Best Actress: Tang Wei
2011 Busan Film Critics Awards
  • Best Film
  • Best Actress: Tang Wei
2012 KOFRA Film Awards
  • Best Actress: Tang Wei