메밀꽃 필 무렵(1967) / When the Buckwheat Flowers Blossom ( Memilkkot Pil Muryeop )


A Century Co. Ltd. FilmWhen Buckwheat Blossoms BloomI need to catch my breath. Aren’t you out of breath, Cho? Of course I am!
I mean at this age… If we’re already complaining of our age… Guess we won’t be peddling much longer. By the way,
Yoon must be feeling very sick. He keeps trailing behind… Serves him right. He shouldn’t be drinking
so much if he’s sick. -How are you?
-Are you in pain? Nothing that will kill me. Why don’t you use some medicine? You’ll get yourself killed
if you stay so stingy. You peddle medicine.
How come you won’t take any? That’s right! My body’s been falling apart
since ages ago anyway… Should we get going then? Are you sure you’re okay? Got to earn my keep
to live another day. Let’s go. -Take your time then.
-Let’s go. Take your pick, take a pick! We got scarlet silk for dresses, sturdy fabric for blankets,
scrolls and vests! You’ll find everything you need! You’ll find everything you need! Welcome, ma’am. Take a look at this silk for a skirt. Welcome, welcome. This would make a perfect dowry present. The finest silk for the newlyweds. Take a look. It will take your breath away! Hear ye, hear ye!
The bear bile is here! The bear bile you’ve been waiting for
has arrived in Bongpyeong market! For mumps, bumps, and cysts of all kind… Terrible coughs and seizures… When a snake bite puts
your life on the line! You go look for a Dr. Kim, a Dr. Park… And you beg and beg, and if you’re lucky,
he gives you a drop of dog’s bile. But why pay a fortune for some cur’s bile? What good would a puppy bile do anyway? As the old sages said, ’tis like
seeking remedy for those in the coffin. They couldn’t be more correct. What good is any medicine if you’re dead? Now you won’t find this everyday, not at every market! Don’t regret it when it’s too late. Buy it when you see it,
when you hear it. Make an investment to save your life. Here be the bear bile,
the ultimate panacea! Come take a look! Take a look! We got some fine wares here. That mirror’s perfect for looking at
your beautiful reflection, ma’am. Oh, you’re making fun of
this old saggy thing, Mister. No, really, you’re quite the looker. I’m sure you made all the boys cry
when you were a girl. Oh, stop it, you. Hey, come back ma’am, come back! I’ll let you take this for free! Cheap! Cheap!
Everything here’s so cheap! Hello everyone, how’ve you been?
Long time no see. Where’ve you been for over a month?
Leaving your store unattended like that! Oh, I’ve just been here and there.
Getting some fresh air. Tsk, tsk… How’ve you been, Mr. Park? I can’t believe you left your business
just to get some fresh air. You know us peddlers
don’t make much anyway. Looks like Mr. Yoon is the same as ever. Not quite.
He’s pretty much sick to death.Now, as for the bear bile’s efficacy…Ladies and gents, if you have chest pain, stomach ulcers, loss of appetite, indigestion… When that cold comes creeping upon you,
giving you the coughs day and night. “Oh, my chest!”
“Oh, my stomach!” Coughing away like there’s no tomorrow… Oh my, please excuse me for a moment.
I’m not feeling well. Decades of pain
seeping through your entire body… Through your back, your legs,
through every joint and bone… Mr. Cho. Any luck while I was gone? Hmm… luck? At this rate,
I’ll probably starve to death. Why don’t you ask Mr. Heo over there? We’ve been to the markets in
Jinbu, Daehwa, Pyeongchang, you name it. And all of them were nothing but a bust. Really? It will be a tough year here too
with the poor harvest! It’s not like we ever came to Bongpyeong
to make a fortune anyway! Well, you certainly don’t come to
Bongpyeong to make money, that’s for sure. Come on, now.
Why do you have to make an old man sad? You know I’m right though. You keep coming back here
because of an old memory, right? Oh, welcome. How about something for a skirt? -This is for making skirts?
-That’s right. It’s very nice.Here they come, here they come.Young lady,
that place has some fine wares. The shopkeep’s good looking too! Oh, wait! Where are you going? Here, how about this for a lovely skirt? -Welcome.
-I’d like to see some fabric for a skirt. Sure. How’s this? How much is it for one sheet? -Well, it’s…
-Young lady, I got the same thing here! It’s none of your business
where I buy my stuff! Something for your blouse, too? This would go perfect with that skirt! -I’ll give you a good price.
-Really? You will? Of course!
I might even give you a free sample. -You’re not just teasing me, are you?
-Hey, son! Business may be just business
between us peddlers… But you ought to play fair, too! I can’t help it if the customers
just come to me! How dare you talk back to me! -What’s the use in fighting?
-How dare he disrespect me! -You can’t compete with the young’uns!
-That bastard!Old geezers should just die.Old geezers should just die.Come on, settle down. -Why, you little!
-Mr. Heo! You’ve got to be kidding me! -Come on, guy…
-Hey boy! Have some respect here. Here we come! There goes our business for the day!
Those bastards! Hello, ladies and gentlemen! -Here, have a seat folks.
-Everyone, come watch! Yes, have a seat please.
Yes, thank you. Take a seat everyone. -Your beloved fiddlers are back in town.
-Have a seat. We come bearing gifts on our vehicles
as swift as the swallow. We fiddlers are back again. We bring you a store called
“Department Store”, a word you’ve never heard of before today! So, what is this “Department Store”,
you ask? Well, here’s a free song for you to enjoy
before you hear the answer. Those fiddling bastards always come
just when we start to get some customers! -I’ll show those fiddling bastards…
-That’s not going to help! We ought to break their bicycle
or whatever they’re called. -Just when the business gets going…
-Hey, look after my spot, will you? Ugh, how frustrating! There he goes to Madam Chungju’s again. How about a round of applause, everyone. Now, we’ll explain this new concept of
“Department Store” for you. What’s a department store? The term comes from the West. It’s a store that offers everything
from all over the world. It’s a store where prices are cheaper
than anywhere else. It’s a store with goods that last
longer than anything else. I’m telling you, the goods from there… They last twice as long as anything
you buy from anywhere else. So now, take a look.
We got all sorts of socks! We got medicine,
we got textile. We got everything.
We got hats! Oh, this is mine.
It’s not for sale. Sorry. Now, I’m not forcing you to buy anything. You can just browse
without buying anything. But I won’t blame you if you can’t help
but buy these cheap, durable goods. Take a look. Come take a look.
Yes, yes. -Goodbye.
-See you later. -Ugh, how frustrating!
-To what do I owe the pleasure, Mr. Heo! I’m on my way home.
Taking a break from the shop. I can’t sell anything
with these young’uns prancing about. -Did you get into a fight or something?
-It’s that Dong-i bastard! -Oh, Dong-i’s back?
-Yeah! I’ve come to the Bongpyeong market
for at least 20 years now. So of course it drives me mad
to lose my customers to these young’uns. I heard Dong-i’s different though. Yeah, right. You’re just being stubborn. He said he didn’t know what to do about
all those customers just flocking to him. -And was quite embarrassed about it too.
-Oh, shut up and pour me a drink. Ugh! Doesn’t hurt to be handsome though. Oh, come on!
You too? Ugh, damn it. Oh, come on Mr. Heo.
Are you upset? He’s just a green kid! Go sell off your wares now.
Come back when the market closes, okay? -See you later then.
-Alright. -How was business, Cho?
-Barely made anything. -How about you?
-It’s not even worth mentioning. At least I made enough for a drink or two. Well, so did I. -We should grab a drink then.
-Why, of course. Why don’t you skip drinking tonight?
You’re sick after all. What gives? I’m already old and dying. Let him be. So he wants to drink.
Let him drink and die if he wants. Sure, sure. Sorry, hon.
Those old geezers wouldn’t let me go. Madam Chungju. Here… Oh, isn’t this skin cream? You’re the best, Dong-i. Now you’re just talking. Well, if talking’s not enough,
did you want to do something naughty? See? There you go again. Listen, Dong-i. You can get in trouble
for wanting an older gal like me. Fine, whatever.
Just give me some more booze. So where have you been
for over a month? I went to the gold mines to see
if I can turn this peddling life around. The gold mines? I’m telling you.
One lucky find and I could make a fortune! Oh, please.
If only it was so easy to get so lucky. Better luck than a peddler
would ever have. Come now.
Let’s get a drink together already. Why so early in the evening? Come on. You know I’m not in Bongpyeong
just for the market… You’ve got your ways with words, Mister! Hey, bring us the good stuff! So where is she?
Oh, I’m so wasted. Where’s Madam Chungju? Oh, welcome all! Oh, she’s totally into him. Watch it, lady.
It’s a sin to suck on such a young’un. Oh, just come on in now.
Come on in. The moon shines over the mountain
more beauteous than an angel. I am the mountain, and Madame Chungju,
you must be the moon. So complain not that I take your hand,
smitten by your beauty. Nice, nice. Aw, you’re as scrawny as a twig,
but you still got your way with words. Time flows along with the wind.
Is it my fault that I grow old with time? -Here, have a seat.
-Lovely, lovely… -Have a seat.
-Let go! -Mr. Heo…
-Get out of the way! What are you doing, Heo? What’s the meaning of this, Mr. Heo? What did you say?
You little bastard! Drinking in broad daylight
and slacking off like that! You’re making all of us peddlers look bad! I’m not the one making
peddlers look bad here! What did you say, you prick! -Oh, come on.
-What’s wrong with you? You may be a peddler you little prick… But don’t you have
a mother and a father, too? How would your parents feel now, huh? Damn bastard. -That bastard!
-Oh, mind your own business! Y’all are men and guests here.
The boy’s old enough to father a child. Why’d you have to scold him like that? No, this is good medicine
for those young’uns. The heavens will punish you
for sucking on a young’un. That certainly hasn’t kept you away
from this place all this time, has it? Just take a seat,
all of you. Let’s all grab a drink. Let’s grab a drink before
we have to walk all night again. -Come on up here.
-And when we pass by the buckwheat fields… …we’ll have to hear Heo’s story again. The moon is bright
and the buckwheat blossoms are abloom. -Here, have a drink.
-You first. -Go ahead.
-I insist. No. I think I was being too harsh. I’m telling you,
it’s medicine for the young’uns. -Come join us.
-Join us. Come on. They bloom so well like ever before. Crying again, Heo? I’m not crying. Cry when you have tears to spare. I wish I could cry,
but I can’t manage to shed a tear. Now’s about the time
to get started, right? I couldn’t possibly resist. It was a bright moonlit night like today. Hey, you’re skipping over the other part. I liked the part where you two first met. -Did you?
-Of course. Then I’ll start from there. Very good. I was younger then,
but the times were better, too. You two were much more
sprightly back then, too. Indeed. It’s a bear’s bile as you can see! Ladies and gents,
if you have chest pain, loss of appetite,
indigestion… When that cold comes creeping upon you, giving you the coughs day and night. “Oh, my chest!”
“Oh, my stomach!” Coughing away like there’s no tomorrow… Decades of pain
seeping through your entire body… Through your back, your legs,
through every joint and bone… “Oh my legs”,
“Oh my back!” If you can’t sleep a blink all night… If your baby’s got terrible seizures… What’s the best remedy for all this? It’s none other than bear bile!
Bear bile’s the answer.Cho was the only one married at the time.Cho had his hands full
dragging his wife around.
Come on, woman!
Stop pigging out so much! You’re going to get indigestion again!
And I’ll suffer for it! Come on, I just want to pop out a baby
before I die. Ugh! All you do is eat all day. There must be a starving beggar
sitting in your belly. Come check out this cream… I’m not eating because I want to. It’s all because of your child
sitting in my belly. Oh, is that right? Then stuff your face all you want,
why don’t you? Why don’t I just sell off everything
so you can pig out all you want? -Go ahead, stuff your face.
-Oh, I’ll eat alright. What am I going to do with this gal? -You’re getting dust in my face.
-Come take a look! Enough with your nagging, woman!Just like nowadays,
I had no luck with women back then.
So selling garments was tough for me
since most of my customers are women.
But then a strange thing
happened one day.
A most uncanny destiny.-Can we browse around?
-Certainly. Welcome! Lovely color, isn’t it? How much for a sheet to make a skirt? I’ll give you a good price. What about something for a blouse
to go with this? Here, how about this one? Oh, that’s very nice.
Go with this one. Indeed. For a skirt like that,
this would make the perfect blouse. Let’s see how it looks on you. So, what do you think? What’s this needle? I’m very sorry about that. Hey, Bun-i! Bun-i! Hey, she’s the one worth 300 nyang. She’s Bun-i.
Mr. Seong’s daughter. Her father loves gambling and drinking. That got him into a mountain of debt.
And to pay it all off… He’s offering his daughter for 300 nyang. He’s selling his daughter
to pay off his debt? That’s right. 300 nyang… 300 nyang…What’s up with my horse?-What the…
-What’s that horse fussing about? I guess he’s got his eyes on a lady, too. Excuse me!
You’re making my horse jumpy. Why don’t you hurry along now with yours? Well, I got advice for you too then. Stop letting the good horse suffer
and just snip off its member. What did you say, you prick? So it’s springtime for both the horse
and its master’s crotches today. Oh, shut up. Welcome. I can’t go to sleep like this. Why?
What’s wrong? It’s not like I make enough to save up.
I should enjoy myself when I got the cash. What’s money good for when you’re dead? Come on. In this hot weather,
you ought to think of your health. What’s the weather got to do with this?
You go ahead and rest up. Hey, come on. -Hey, wake up.
-Just a moment… -Come on.
-Give me a second. Oh come on.
Look at me. Why are you doing this? Come, wake up. What’s wrong?
Just go back to sleep. What a sleepyhead. -Come on, look at me.
-Please leave me alone. -You’re doing just fine.
-Stop pinching me. I’m in pain. -Just go to sleep.
-You don’t even care what I need. -Why’d you have to do that?
-Bite me.-So shameless.
-Stop shouting.
Go to sleep.-Screw you.
-So shameless.
Bite me.I guess you’re having
trouble sleeping, too. Why don’t we go take a bath? What was with that fiasco early today?
How embarrassing. Let’s go. Ah, it’s so nice and cool.
We should have done this sooner. You go ahead and go in first. Get in there. Let’s get this old bachelor’s stink
off of us.Sure, sure.Ah, that’s nice. What’s wrong? What’s that? You’re Mr. Seong’s daughter Bun-i,
aren’t you, Miss? No! Please don’t come any closer. Don’t come closer.
You can’t come closer. Don’t come closer. Bun-i. Bun-i, please believe me. I’m just a fool,
without much money to offer. So I’ve remained a bachelor
for so long now. But I’m an honest fellow. I swear I’ll do anything
to make you mine. Have faith in me. But soon, I’ll be… I heard about that. Please hang in there
just until then. I’ll do anything to get the money ready. Bun-i… Bun-i! 300 nyang? I’ll pay off that debt
even if it was 10 times the amount! Certainly, I will. She’s made my heart flutter. Hey, I’ll be sure to find you
a nice bride one day, too. So don’t be so disappointed. Don’t go off on another stunt like today. There’s a proper order for everything.
Let your master get married first. We can’t have you get married before me. What would the world come to then?-Oh, dear me. I’m dying!
-Come on, come on.
You’ve got to say where it hurts. -Does it hurt here?
-Get your hands off me! It hurts everywhere! She might be going into labor. Come on, man! She’s not due anytime soon yet.
She can’t be going into labor! It’s from stuffing her face
with food all day! -I didn’t eat that much.
-We should get her some medicine then. What medicine?
We don’t know where Yoon went. Where could he have gone? He’s probably passed out with some girl
in a shack somewhere. -Oh, I’m dying!
-Oh, ma’am. Thank goodness you’re here. This is bad.
We don’t know where Yoon went. We don’t know where Yoon… That bastard’s going to be punished
for sleeping around like that. -Oh, dear…
-I’m in pain! Yoon! Mr. Yoon! Hey, Yoon! It’s me! Mr. Heo.
Open up. It’s me!
Open the door. Who are you?
What’s this ruckus about? Cho’s wife is in pain.
She’s basically dying right now. What? Come here, come here. -She’s definitely going into labor.
-You mean she’ll have a baby? Yes, a baby!
What else, a donkey? She’s stuffed her belly so full with food
that the baby’s being pushed out early! Oh, dear me!
Get me the hair bun! -What’s she talking about?
-Please ma’am! -Come over here.
-Huh? What’s going on… She’s talking about your hair bun,
what else could it be. Hair bun?
Ow! My hair! What’s going on here? That’s none of your business now.
Get out, get out. You men shouldn’t just barge in here. What the… Hey, do I look like a midwife to you? I was just starting to have some fun.
Why’d you have to throw me in there? Damn. So they’re having a baby.
Boy or girl? Cho’s going to be a father… Hey, why do you look so happy
about someone else having a baby? Oh, you don’t know anything. Cho’s going to be a father… Hey, lady! She’s killing me here! -Just a little more…
-I can’t… -The baby’s born.
-It is! Come here.
Where am I? What’s wrong? So, what is it, Cho? A clam. Damn. It wasn’t even worth your hair bun. So what if it’s a daughter? Daughters can be so cute. Why are you so happy about it?
Like a crazy man. You must be excited, Cho. Maybe you’ll get a free drink or two,
now that you’re a father. Don’t even get me started.
Now I got another lump on my shoulder. I’m going to be all sick
from taking care of the baby.Giddy up!Let’s see… Hang on… Hey, Heo!
Where are you going? Go ahead without me.
I’ll catch up soon. I thought I wouldn’t get to see you
before I left. It will only take half a month at most. You have to wait for me,
no matter what. I know I’m just a wandering peddler
earning my keep for each day… But I’m not one of those bad guys, Bun-i. Bun-i. Bun-i! The 300 nyang’s no big deal! If I make my way through
Daehwa and Hwagae markets, and go through Pyeongchang and Baekjung,
I’ll have 300 nyang in no time. I may not look like much, but I once won three prize bulls
from wrestling. So if only you can wait for me, Bun-i… I’m ready to quit this peddler life
and settle down with you. So will you wait for me, Bun-i?What’s taking you so long, Heo?Coming!Hurry.I’d better get going then. I’ll be back in half a month.
Not a day later. Bye, Bun-i. I’ll kill myself if you don’t come back. I’ll be back.
No matter what. Goodbye. Hurrah! Champion Jung!
That prize bull is yours! Another prize bull for the champion! Anyone else up for the challenge? Wrestler Kim from the cabbage town! Wrestler Kim! Champion Jung wins again! Anyone else this time? If no challenger steps forward
to defeat the champion, that huge prize bull is as good as Jung’s! If there’s no one else, Champion Jung will take the prize bull! Anyone? Come on out! Come on out! Think of Bun-i.
Get on out there! Trip him!
Trip him! Take him down! Oh, come on!
Lift him up! Lift him up! Lift him! That’s it!
Get in there! Lift him up and take him down! You should have flipped him over! Put this on. You should have pinned him down
when you had him in the air! Just like this! -Ugh!
-You should have thought of Bun-i! Like I told you before, sir… I’ll come back with interest
as soon as I have the money. So don’t sell him off
no matter what. What would you need a horse for
once you marry and start farming? But he and I have been
through thick and thin together. I can’t part ways with him forever
whether I’m farming or not. Fine, then. Suit yourself. I suppose it’s hard to part ways
with even animals once you grow attached. Hey, at least you’ve got
yourself a mate here. That’s right. He’s my son-in-law
for my mare here. Sure. So that basically makes us in-laws. Seriously, please take good care of him. Well, in-law, even if
you can’t prepare the money, visit anytime you miss it. Okay. -Goodbye then.
-Alright. -Drop by from time to time.
-I will. Hello?
Anyone home? Anyone… Who’s there? Excuse me, ma’am.
This is Mr. Seong’s place, right? What’s that? Is this Bun-i’s house? It’s been a while since I’ve heard that.
My name is Bun-i. I mean Mr. Seong’s daughter Bun-i. That bastard ran away. What about his daughter then? -What’s that?
-Where did the daughter go? She was sold off. Where did she get sold off to? Yes, that’s right.
By the way, who are you, young man? I said, where did she get sold off to? Oh, right.
I don’t know. You should have come sooner.
You just missed her. She was sold off the day before yesterday. The loan sharks were about to take
even the money from her sale, so her father ran way. Could there be anyone who knows
where she was sold off to? Don’t even bother looking. If he’s running away from loan sharks,
he wouldn’t have told anyone who paid him last. No need to be so upset, Heo. Don’t even think about looking for her. A peddler’s not meant to
get attached to a girl. Unless you take her everywhere
with you like Cho here. You come back from one market
and she’s looking at you differently. After two markets, she’s already gone.
That’s what lasses are like. Dragging them around with you
is a pain in the neck, too. All she does is eat and sleep. And when she gets indigestion,
she pulls on your hair bun. Listen, Heo. Like the saying goes,
a caterpillar should feed on pine needles. A peddler should live like a peddler. Earn your keep for each day. If you meet a nice lass along the way… Get it out of your system for one night.
Wash away your troubles with wine. That’s right. That’s right. Are you kidding me? What are you saying is right? Just because she’s had a baby… She thinks she can boss me around. Leave me in peace
when I’m drinking at least! Oh why, of course! You must be drinking every day
since your heart is never at peace! -Why you…
-Bite me! -She’ll be the end of me.
-Stop crying, baby. -What a pain in the neck.
-I said, bite me! Like I said… A caterpillar can’t live
without pine needles. Why don’t you go get your horse back
the first thing in the morning? Come on, man. A horse is a peddler’s greatest asset.
You should go get it. Shut up. I… I’m going to quit being a peddler. I might as well
live off of wild shrubbery. Anything would be better
than being a peddler. I’m… going to leave. So you’ll go after Bun-i after all? I should seek her out.
My life depends on it. Yes, I ought to go find her. You’re going to go find her? I most certainly will. You sure you can find her though? I’ll find her even if it takes me
fourscore and 10 years. You guys are truly good friends. Goodbye, ma’am.In order to find Bun-i
and settle down for good,
I set out in search of rumors
with my 300 nyang.
It was easier said than done.I went through all sorts of trouble
wandering all over the country.
But heaven helps those
who help themselves.
I finally heard a faint rumor
of my poor Bun-i’s whereabouts.
Rumor had it…That Bun-i was rowing ferries
at the wharf in Beombawi-gol.
There she is again, staring off
into the distance like a fool. Row the boat properly! To think I paid good money
for that useless fool of a lass… I’m as hollow-skulled as her. Hey, how much did you pay for her? She’s got a pretty face. Would you like to buy her, sir? I was thinking of selling her off anyway. Me? She might not look like much,
but she makes a great bedfellow. Oh, come on now! At this old age, I’d end up sleeping for good
after a few nights with her! You’re impossible… You little twerp! Excuse me. -Excuse me.
-Come on in. I’m just a wanderer passing by.
Could you spare me a drink of water? -Sure thing.
-Sorry to trouble you. Oh, and I’d like to ask you something. How far is the wharf at
Beombawi-gol from here? Beombawi-gol wharf, you say? It’s about 200 ri through Jaeogae
and 150 ri if you take the Tteumbuk path. 150 ri?
Really? But the path is very rugged.
You got an arduous journey ahead of you. Yes.
I’m looking for someone, you see. Looking for someone? Yes, rowing ferries there.
So I heard through the grapevine. Ah, you’re looking for the boatman. No, it’s a woman. -A woman?
-Yes. I did hear a strange rumor that
a woman’s rowing the ferry there. So there really is a woman
rowing a boat there! So I hear. -Hang on…
-Hey, there! Wow, that was fast. Did he just leave like that? I guess he’ll have his water
after he makes the 200-ri trip. Goodness, gracious. Well, I guess the merchandise is not bad. 400 nyang is a bargain for that. She’s got a pretty face.
And she’s great in bed. What else would you need? Fine. I’ll buy. Mommy, where are we going this time? Wait, what’s that? Consider him… a bonus. More like a burden. You don’t know what you’re saying.
The kid’s a blessing, not a burden. The kid’s her son.
She takes him around with her. He’s smarter than he looks. He eats like a mouse,
but works like an ox. Is that so? Then I’ll take him, too. Once you’ve had your fun, you could
sell her to a pub for at least 100 nyang. Hurry, grab the oar. The oar? I can’t have my purchase sap her energy. -Hurry.
-Hey, come on. Grab the oar already. I just need to get to that river
and Bun-i will be there. My Bun-i. Mommy! Mommy, my legs hurt.
I can’t walk any more. Could you please let him ride with me? Shut your trap. It might just be an animal, but it would
curse you two if both of you get on. Then I’ll walk. Shut up and just stay up there. You’re the one I paid a fortune for. Mommy. Can we go somewhere where
they don’t feed us only potatoes this time? I thought you only ate like a mouse.
What’s with all the fuss about food? We’re here now. -Are you going to stay out here?
-I’m calling it a day. -Take your time then.
-Yes, sir. Good day. Excuse me.
I’d like to ask you something. Is this uh…
the Beombawi-gol wharf? That’s right. Excuse me sir,
excuse me… -Yes?
-Do you own this ferry? That’s right. I hear there’s a woman rowing a boat here.
Where is she now? Ah, so you’ve come to buy the lass. I’ve already sold her.
You’re too late. Sorry?
You sold her? Listen here.
When did you sell her? What’s it to you? I really have to find her. When did you sell her? It’s been about three or four days now. Is there any way I can meet
whoever purchased her? Goodness, you’re persistent. The cattle merchant with the birthmark
bought her three days ago. Excuse me, sir! Does that merchant come by here often? He’s a merchant,
so he comes once in a while. I see…
Once in a while… So, how much are you asking for? Just for you, I’ll give you a bargain.
500 nyang. What? 500 nyang? Look at that pretty face
and supple buttocks. Hey! Stop sitting around like an idiot
and come over here, will you? Hurry up! Get back there. How about 450. How much do I owe you for the drinks? Oh, come on, lad… Why so impatient? Come on… Can’t we call it at 450 nyang? Ugh! Let go!
Hey, let go of me! Goodness, gracious. Have a seat, will you?
Come on… Why don’t you try her out for one night. She might not seem like much,
but she makes a great bedfellow. Very well. But not the kid. Sounds like you’ve grown senile
in your old age. The kid may not look like much,
but he eats like a mouse… And works like an ox. -Really?
-Of course. Eats like a mouse. Hey, could we maybe just
shave off about 20 nyang? -Ugh, forget it.
-Settle down, settle down… But I still don’t know about the kid… I’m telling you,
he eats no more than a mouse! -Deal.
-Pay up then.I thought I could find out
where Bun-i went.
If I could only meet that
cattle merchant who bought her…
So I stayed behind and became a boatman.But that cattle merchant was
nowhere to be found.
Then one day, when my last shred of hope
of finding her was about to disappear…
-Hey, man.
-Yes, sir? What are you staring at?
The boat’s going off course. Oh, right. You seem like you’re new at this. Yes, I’ve only been rowing
for about three months now. What desperation drove you to work for
Boatman Kim of all jobs? I wanted to keep my ear open
for some news on a person. Do y’all happen to know where
a cattle merchant with a birthmark lives? I don’t think so.
Why, did you lose your ox? No, I’m just looking for
what he carried off on one.What is it?That’s none of your business, sir. Stop it, you. Stop being so naughty. What a prude. So there’s all that talk
about the new girl, but she’s nowhere to be seen.
What’s going on here? Come on. She had to go pass water. She can’t be pissing all day. If she was,
we’d have a flood on our hands. Hang on, where’s the innkeeper. Where’s the innkeeper? What’s going on? We hear the new girl
makes a great bedfellow. Are you hogging her to yourself?
Where is she? Have some respect for your elder, man. Bun-i. Bun-i! -Please, dig in.
-Wait a second… Bun-i! Those fools must have gone to
stare off into the distance again. Give me a minute.
I’ll be right back. Bun-i! Mommy, where are we going to go next? I don’t know either. Mommy, why don’t I have a father? Sure you do. Where is he? I don’t know. Mommy, why am I left-handed? Your father is left-handed. Why is he left-handed? Your grandfather
must have been left-handed. Where’s Grandfather? I don’t know. Then where’s Grandmother? I don’t know that either. What do you know then?
Just getting married off day and night? You rotten pair of mother and son! You want to see me dead, don’t you? You foolish lass! All you do is stare off into the mountains
day and night! And this little cur has
the appetite of an ox! You two want to see me dead, don’t you? Why are you always hitting us? What did you say?
You little locust! Ugh! That damn cattle merchant
has become the ruin of me! You damn imbeciles! That Boatman Kim is a stingy fellow. How did he manage to hire
someone decent like that? Tell me about it. He’s a crafty one, Kim is. Indeed. -Hey, Mister Boatman.
-Yes sir? How much do you get paid for this? I’m in no position to bargain my pay. Just happy to make enough for a smoke. That Kim bastard really is
a stingy fellow. He sold off his servant lass to the pub
for a 200-nyang profit. And now he’s managed to score a strongman
for practically free. You got it all wrong, man.I know how it really went.So?Kim didn’t get to keep all 200 nyang. Kim made a profit of 100 nyang. And then that birth-marked cattle merchant
sold her again for another 100 nyang. Is that right? -Hey.
-What are you doing? The woman you’re talking about.
Do you know where she is? Do you know? Tell me if you do. She’s at the Old Man’s pub in Dojang-gol. How far is that pub from here? -About a 100 ri I think.
-Yeah. Come here for a second. -Come here.
-Have you gone mad? Here, hold on to this.
Sorry. That crazy bastard!
He’s totally insane! This time, I won’t miss her. I won’t miss Bun-i no matter what.
Over my dead body. Hey, we got a guest. -Excuse me, is this the old…
-Yes, it’s the Old Man’s pub. -Yeah?
-Yes, it is. Is that right?
Then the miss from Beombawi-gol… Yes, she was here. -Where is she?
-But I kicked her out a few days ago. What? -What did you just say?
-I returned her. Who’d you return her to? You know, that spotted cattle merchant
who looks more like a cattle thief. Where did that cattle merchant go? How am I supposed to know? North, South, East, West?
Probably wherever he wanted to go. Good luck with your business. What luck? I only did three runs today.Kim, you bastard!Hold it right there, you fiend! How dare you sell me something so faulty! What’s all this out of the blue? Shut up and just give me back my 400 nyang. But I already spent all 400 nyang. You bastard! That lass you sold me just
stares off into the distance all day. And that kid of hers eats all day like an ox
and breaks all the dishes. You didn’t mention any of that
when you were negotiating with me. Well, I’ll be damned. Weren’t you the one who couldn’t wait to
take her off my hands when you paid me? I ought to kill you for this, you bastard! A great bedfellow, you said? Don’t you know better than
to piss off a cattle merchant? Fine! If you’re so unsatisfied,
I’ll give you a refund. Give me my money back.
Right now. I can’t pull 400 nyang out of thin air! I’ll have to sell my stuff first. I ought to kill this bastard for this. This is outrageous. Listen, you bastard. I’m going to Mukgye.
I’ll be back in five days. You’d better have my money ready by then. -Got it?
-Yes, yes. Crazy bastard. That spotted fool! Hmph. What are you doing,
you good-for-nothing trash? Hurry up and get on. I said get on the boat already! Hurry up and row the boat!
Row the boat, will you? Hurry up and row! Mommy, I hate this place.
Let’s get married to someone else. What did you say, you little twerp? Huh? Mommy!
Let’s go somewhere else. What did you just say, you runt? I ought to drown you, little prick.
That will fetch me a better price for mom. -No, you bastard!
-Mommy! I may be just an unlucky woman
who’s gotten herself sold… -…but don’t lay a finger on my child.
-What? What did you say, you wench? -Let go, you bastard!
-Mommy! -Stay back there.
-Mommy! How dare you lay your hands
on my boy! Get out of here, you bastard! Get off, you fiend! Die, bastard!
Die! You villain! Mommy, what if Boatman Kim dies? Leave him be.
He needs to learn his lesson. Mommy, where are we going to go now? We’ll just flow with the water. Mommy, it’s just us two now. Yes. From now on, mommy’s going to
live with you only, Dong-i. Just you and me, son. Hello? Hello? Is anyone there? Anyone there?The lofty peaks of Geumgang MountainsHey, have a drink.You two, sweetheart.
Drink up.
Now I’ll sing you a song.
Listen up.
Arirang, Arirang, ArariyoSend me over the hills of ArirangThe lofty peaks of Geumgang MountainsWon’t get you the son or daughter
you are praying for
Just don’t mistreat your husband
coming home late at night
ArirangSend me over the hills of ArirangThe lofty peaks of Geumgang MountainsWon’t get you the son or daughter
you are praying for
Just don’t mistreat your husbandComing home late at nightArirangArirang, ArariyoHey, isn’t that… Hey, Heo!
It’s you, Heo! Heo! -Heo! What’s going on?
-Hey! Hey, man. Hey, buddy.
You stubborn guy. -What happened?
-Welcome back. It’s been so long. -My friend.
-Buddy! You must’ve been through hell! -Hey, let’s go have a seat there.
-Yeah, let’s go. It’s so good to see
you made it back in one piece.Arirang, Arirang, ArariyoHey, bring us some more wine.
Good.ArirangWe thought you’d have forgotten about us
after you went chasing after that girl. Welcome back.
So what happened to the miss? I looked for her this whole time,
but I never found her. Here, pour me a drink. Ah, dear me.
Here, have a drink. You’re quite something,
I’ve got to say. How did you search years
for some girl you couldn’t forget? Anyway, it’s good to have you back. -Drink up.
-Drink up. I’m so grateful that you guys would
welcome me so warmly. Oh, come on now. You’re basically back home.
No need to cry. What did I tell you? I said a caterpillar should
live off of pine needles, didn’t I? Indeed. You’re right.
I’m going to leave it all behind me now. I’ll just live my life as a peddler
with you guys from now on. Hey, why the tears? You got to live
to see your friends again after all. That’s not why I’m crying. That’s not why I’m crying. I’m crying over how pathetic I am,
crawling back to my pine needles… …now that my dreams have been shattered. That’s how the universe keeps its balance. Or else, what lad would be crazy enough
to voluntarily become a peddler? Indeed. If any of us could help it, we wouldn’t be living like this. -Here, drink up.
-Yeah. -Cheers.
-Cheers. Drink up.Arirang, ArirangArariyoSend me over the hills of ArirangArirang, ArirangArariyoThe more I think about it,
those were some incredible times. Indeed.
If you ever found that miss, you’d have stopped peddling
a long time ago already. I don’t know.
Maybe. To be honest though, peddling is a tough business for our age. But your children are all grown now.
What’s there to be worried about? I can hardly expect
much support from them. The young’uns will never understand
how tough we’ve had it. It’s folks like me and Yoon
who are in real trouble. It seems like Yoon shouldn’t have
left so soon, doesn’t it? That guy. We told him to rest up for a few days,
but he insisted on coming along. Seriously. Are you feeling very sick?
Huh? I’m fine. Go ahead without me. I’ll catch up
after I have some medicine. You must really be in a lot of pain,
seeing how much medicine you’re taking now. I don’t think Yoon’s going to
be able to keep up. It’s going to take quite a while
to reach the market at this rate.Mr. Heo! Mr. Heo!Hang on… Why? Are you feeling very sick? Look at him breaking out in cold sweat. Oh, damn… Dong-i. Load his stuff onto that horse. I think we’ll have to
carry him on horseback. -Yes, sir.
-Hey, Yoon! Wake up… Heo… Hey, stop talking.
Spare your energy. -You know what?
-Hmm? I thought my tears had dried up,
but they keep flowing out today. Stop your babbling. -Mr. Heo!
-Hmm? I think we got our lives all wrong. What are you going on about now? You know, earning our keep day by day. If only we had thought of other options… …when we were still strong and young, life wouldn’t be as miserable
as it is today. Are you listening, Heo? Go on. Where will you bury me when I’m dead? Oh, stop being silly. Who ever said anything about burying you?
We’ll let the crows feast on you. Heo. The moon’s waned quite a bit, no? Seeing how the valley breeze
is starting to blow… We must be going over
the hills at Ganjit-gol. We still have…another 70 ri to go.E-he-dal-gongWhy have you gone off on your own,
leaving me here all alone?
E-he-dal-gongOnce you go there, you can’t return.
Have you no regrets? Are you certain?
E-he-dal-gongYou would drink away your troubles
drowning them in drinks of doubles
E-he-dal-gongBut didn’t you also shed tears of longing
for the homeland of your belonging?
E-he-dal-gongIf we should ever pause, so weary,
our journey on this path so dreary
E-he-dal-gongWe’ll pick a lovely moonlit night to start
to tell your story and console our hearts
E-he-dal-gongHere, have a drink. Hey, Heo… What is it? I know this isn’t
the best time to say this… Spit it out. I think I should go back. Seeing Yoon go like that, It makes me strangely miss
where my children are at. Your second child must have
grown quite a bit. Oh, he must be 15 already. -It’s already been that long?
-Indeed. I thought I’d farm a small patch of land
and spend more time with the children. Then maybe they’d at least stick around
to bury my bones when I’m gone for good. You’re right about that. What are you going to do, Heo? I’ll figure something out. If I happen to drop by your house
during my journey, give me a spoonful of rice or two. You don’t even have to ask! Let’s get going now. Let’s go. -Heo.
-You get going now. Go make up for the decades of
skipping out on your fatherly duties. -Heo.
-Hmm? Let me hold your hand for a bit. You’re impossible… Cho… -I’ll get going now.
-Go swiftly. The sun will set soon. -Dong-i.
-Yes, sir. Dong-i. Live vigorously. Farewell, Yoon. I’ll get going now. He was a great friend. I never wanted to part with him.
Not over my dead body… Mr. Heo. I’m going to quit this
peddling work right away. -Why?
-I’m going to go to the mines instead. I ought to live a little,
like the others now. Indeed. Indeed. If I don’t want to
just earn my keep each day… Only to droop dead on horseback
like Mr. Yoon did… Or end up looking for a place to lay
empty-handed like Mr. Cho… This peddler’s life… It will do no good no matter
how long I keep at it. Come with me, Mr. Heo. You go on without me. Unless I meet my old miss again, I’ve got nowhere to go anymore.
Peddling is all I’ve got now. I should get going. I’ll drop by Jecheon tonight
and see my mother before I go. Ugh, I guess I’m no good
anymore either. I’m all out of breath after
climbing this little hill. At least you’re in your prime now,
young fellow. About my mistake at
Madam Chungju’s last night… I’m sorry about that. Don’t mention it. It was actually almost refreshing
to get a beating. Is that right? And when you scolded me about
what my parents would think, I thought my heart would burst. Are you parents still around? -I never had a father to start with.
-How could that ever be? I was too embarrassed to share this… But my mother had me out of wedlock. I never knew what
my father even looked like. Really? I’m embarrassed to share more, but my mother was sold off several times. At the very end, she married a scoundrel,
and began selling drinks in Jecheon. When my step-father beat me up, my mother tried to defend me,
only to be beaten and even cut up herself. I couldn’t bear any more of that nonsense,
so I ran away from home at 18. I’ve been a peddler ever since. Sounds like you’ve had
a tough life yourself. So, is your mother from Jecheon? By no means. I remember living by a river
when I was young. And then a pub somewhere, I think. She never put it straight,
but I think she’s from Bongpyeong. Bongpyeong? What’s her father’s family name? I have no clue.
No one ever told me. I suppose you’re right.
Did your mother ever look for your father? She’s always going on about
how she wants to see him again. Where is she now? She split up with my step-father,
but stayed in Jecheon. I plan to bring her to Bongpyeong with me
in the fall. I’m sure I can support my mother at least
if I work hard to earn a living. Indeed.
You’re a good son. -So in the fall, you say?
-Yes. I’ve got a match right here. Wait, are you left-handed, too? Oh, Mr. Heo… Alright. I’ll be heading to Jecheon too
after visiting Jehwa market tomorrow. You’ll go to Jecheon, too? Yes, I’ve got a sudden urge to visit. Then why don’t you stay at our place
for the night? My mother loves peddlers. Really? What a strange mother you have! Oh, Mr. Heo.Thank you.

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