• fullsizephoto701016.jpg

    I. Introduction

    Canola is a 2016 South Korean film starring Youn Yuh-jung, Kim Go-eun and Choi Min-ho. Canola is a thoughtful, touching, and at times surprising film about two people trying to reconnect and restart their lives together. Filming began April 21, 2015 on Jeju Island and finished July 9, 2015 at a set in Paju, South Korea. The copyrights have been sold for an upcoming Chinese remake of the film.

    II. Synopsis

    Gye-choon is a native of Jeju Island who has long made her living by diving for shellfish. (Such women, called hae-nyeo in Korean, are a celebrated part of Jeju’s traditional culture.) For a long time her life revolved around two things only: her work in the sea, and the raising of her adorable young granddaughter Hye-ji. But on one tragic day, Hye-ji disappears. Gye-choon looks for her desperately, but there is no trace. She contacts the police, and posts wanted posters around her island community, but all of this is to no avail. As time passes, her desperation only grows, but there is nothing she can do.

    Twelve years later, on a day like any other, Hye-jin reappears. Gye-choon is stunned, but overjoyed, to see the fully grown young woman she raised as a child. She brings her home, and begins to take care of her again. After the initial shock wears off, people begin to ask Hye-jin the obvious questions – Where have you been? What happened? – but she is reluctant to talk about it.

    III. Cast

    Pic Name Character
    Youn Yuh-jung Gye-choon
    Kim Go-eun Hye-ji
    Choi Minho Han-yi

    IV. Trailer

    V. Reception

    Darcy Paquet of Far East Film has stated as followed - Canola may not have been the film most people were expecting from the director who calls himself Chang. His previous work – the teen horror movie Death Bell (2008) and the Point Blank remake The Target (2014) – were not generally praised for their restraint or emotional complexity. But with Canola he rose to the task and delivered a film that, even if it didn’t break out at the box office, earned the respect of audiences and critics alike.
    The film has currently held 8.3 on Mydramalist, & 7.2 on IMDB.

    VI. Awards & Nominations

    Year Award Category Nominee Result
    2016 53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Youn Yuh-jung Nominated
    2016 53rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Choi Min-ho Nominated
    2016 53rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Lee Seul-bi Nominated
    2017 International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience Schlingel Youth Film Award Hong-Seung Yoon Won
    2017 Udine Far East Film Festival Crystal Mulberry Hong-Seung Yoon Won