Lee Kwang-kuk

South Korea 115 min Fiction


Romance Joe had been assistant director on starring top female actress Woo Joo-hyun. Soon after she commits suicide, he quits filmmaking and heads down to a small village in the countryside with the intention to take his own life. Just as he is about to commit suicide, Romance Joe meets a waitress from the local coffee shop and recalls memories of his first love through this encounter. A famous director named Lee comes down to the village to work on a new screenplay. He calls the waitress over to kill some time and hears the unique story and conclusion of Romance Joe’s love story. Lee is determined to adapt Romance Joe’s tale into a film, but things just keep unraveling in a strange direction.


Lee Kwang-kuk

Born in 1975, Lee Kwang-kuk graduated from the Seoul Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in film. He has worked as assistant to Hong Sang-soo. Romance Joe is his feature debut and won the Audience Award at Pusan Film Festival.

Filmography: Romance Joe (2011)

Lee Kwang-kuk

Film information

Original Title: Romance Joe
Director: Lee Kwang-kuk
Script: Lee Kwang-kuk
Contact: M-Line Distribution
With: Kim Young-pil, Shin Dong-mi, Lee Chai-eun, Lee David
Country: South Korea
Year: 2011
Format: Digital
Length: 115 min
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Catalan/English
Edition: 2012