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Elderly Korean couple upset over sudden fame through low-budget doc

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 12, 2009

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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