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Seo Hyun is an ordinary housewife in her late thirties with a ten-year-old son and a successful architect husband. For Seo Hyun, life is a series of banal routines, but she is well provided with upper-class comforts. Her sheltered life is suddenly threatened with the appearance of Woo In, her much younger sister's attractive new fiance. Woo In approaches Seo Hyun and attraction evolves into a passionate affair. Seo Hyun is aware that falling for the younger man will destroy her and her family, but she cannot help herself and the new feelings that are stirring within. Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 1998
  • Duration: 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 403 users)
  • Ranked: #6577
  • Popularity: #9177
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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14 people found this review helpful
Jan 28, 2013
Completed 1
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
This was one of the few korean movies of the 90's that I watched but I must confess I really liked it.

The plot was very credible such as the characters. The love story between the two forbidden lovers is amazing and very realistic which only made me like the movie more.
It may be a little slow in the beggining but as we go into the movie it gets better and more interesting, leaving you wanting to know the ending of the couple. The sensual scenes are very romantic and sexy at the same time (at least I thought so).

I noticed the characters growing in me as the movie advances, and I came to love the main couple (even if they don't always make the right choice - in my opinion). Even though the ending is not perfect I was very satisfied with it.

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The Butterfly
12 people found this review helpful
Sep 29, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
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An affair tells the story of a married woman in her late thirties drowning in a gray world of mediocrity and what happens when she is confronted by passion and desire.

Seo Hyeon’s reserved life is comfortable but devoid of color and dreams. She is married to a man she has never been in love with. Her uninspired life is reflected by the traffic report station her car radio is set on.

U-in returns to Korea to start a new job and prepare for his marriage to Seo Hyeon’s sister. He is a young man bound by his father’s expectations. He falls in love with Seo Hyeon at first sight despite their age difference. Slowly and deliberately he pursues her. She tries to take refuge in familial duty but succumbs to his advances.

Seo Hyeon’s time with him is awash in colors, feelings, and dreams. He exchanges her traffic station for romantic guitar music and her predictable existence for one of excitement. For the first time in her life she falls deeply in love.

Ultimately she has three choices:
Choose to destroy her family and leave for a new life with U-in.
Maintain her duty to her family and stay with a man she has never loved.
Take a chance on herself and leave the gray world that has enveloped her.

Each choice has consequences involving loss. The question is which choice can she best live with?

The loves scenes are sensual in this movie and a bit of a shock after watching the guppy kisses of Kdramas. There is a sense of intimacy even in the scenes where they don’t touch as well.

The movie never seeks to excuse their relationship, more to understand her need for a lifeline out of the dark ok-ness she has settled for.

Lee Mi Sook and Lee Jung Jae bring these characters to life, their passion, love, and guilt.

The musical was okay, but not particularly memorable.

As far as rewatch value goes-just like U-in’s love for Seo Hyeon, An Affair is highly addictive.

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  • Movie: An Affair
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 1998
  • Duration: 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)


  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 403 users)
  • Ranked: #6577
  • Popularity: #9177
  • Watchers: 854

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