A renowned old poet of Korea, LEE Jeok-yo (PARK) has adopted an untalented but devoted student, the young novelist SEO Ji-woo (KIM Moo-yul), as his protege. Their relationship is a complicated one, equal parts love and hate, admiration and criticism. It becomes further complicated when 17-year-old HAN Eun-gyo (KIM Go-eun) seeks out the aged poet. Despite an alarming age difference, Jeok-yo finds himself entranced by Eun-gyo’s charm and vibrancy. Ji-woo, a more appropriate suitor, also finds himself becoming slowly obsessed with the young girl. As this love triangle becomes more intense, resentment sets in between teacher and student, and Ji-woo must make a decision between love, lust and loyalty to his mentor.
A veteran of Korean film, JUNG Ji-woo broke out with his 1996 short film <A Bit Bitter> and soon after achieved stardom both at home and abroad with his controversial 1999 feature <Happy Ending>. Since then, he has contributed to the 2005 omnibus <If You Were Me 2>, directed the features <Blossom Again> (2005) and <Modern Boy> (2008), and helped write the script for the 2010 hit thriller <Moss>, which took in over 3 million admissions. (KOFIC)