Director : Choi Ha-won
Starring : Kim Young-ae, Han Jin-hee, Kim Hee-ra, Kim Hyeong-ja
Location Sites : Gyeongpodae, Gangrueng, Gangwon Province
<Climax>(Jeoljeong) is not a well-known movie; however, director Choi Hawon considered <Climax>(Jeoljeong) to be his most important work among all his films. As an artistic movie in the 1970's, <Climax>(Jeoljeong) was unusual in that it was produced using an original script (screenplay by Lee Huiwu). The film depicts anguished love stories that ends in a suicide when a couple's relationship becomes torn apart by the sexual deviations of one partner. The movie seems modernized in its look, applying innovative conversions of scenes that are connected to stream of consciousness and simplified lines.
Fastidious wife Oh Jeongsuk divorces, unable to forgive her husband's love affairs. She then visits the beach, the place of their honeymoon, to commit suicide. But she happens to meet a man, and she begins dreaming of a new life with him. Unfortunately, it fails and she considers suicide once again. However, Jeongsuk is rescued by another man named Park, but she leaves him after she is told of the relationship between Park and his wife. Finally, Jeongsuk realizes that physical relationships are meaningless. Park kills himself, regarding himself as an assaulter, not a victim. Eventually, the fastioudiness of Jeongsuk drives her husband into a wayward course of life.
Location of Shooting
<Climax> was shot on Gyeongpodae Beach in Gangrueng, Gyeongpo Lake and Gyeongpodae Traveler's Hotel (currently Hyundai Hotel). Over 80 percent of the scenes of the movie were shot in those locations. <Climax>(Jeoljeong) begins with an episode of man and woman who visit the hotel where they stayed on their honeymoon along with other sightseeing locations from their honeymoon.
Hyundai Hotel and Gyeongpodae Beach have not changed much when compared with the movie. Looking down from the Hyundai Hotel, the view of Gyeongpodae beach where the main 'murder on the beach' takes place looks almost the same as it does in the movie.
Gyeongpodae Beach is located 6km away from the north from downtown Gangreung City and 1km away from Gyeongpodae. It is a sandy plain between Gyeongpo Lake and the sea, and there is 6km long beach with a large area of pine-groves. Clusters of wild roses around the beach add more beauty to the place. Around the beach, anumber of historical spots such as Gyeongpodae and Ohjukheon attract tourists.
Also called "Gyeong Lake," the lake is located 6km away from the north from downtown Yucheon and other streams flow into the western area of the lake. Originally, it was a rather large lake that stretched out to 12km; however, the lake was dimished by 4km (and by 1m in depth) due to the accumulation of sand. Gyeongpodae, built on a small hill on the western side of the lake, has been recognized as one of the main attractions of the region. Pine trees and cherry trees planted around the lake are famous, and the sandbank that separates Gyeongpo Lake from the East Sea constitutes Gyeongpodae Beach.
Drive along No. 7 toward Jumunjin, Yangyang, Sokcho. The mile-post indicating Gyeongpodae will appear on the right side (4-5km away from City Hall)
Gyeongpodae, Boheon temple, Okgyedonggul, Deungmyeongnakgasa, Songdamseowon, Jeongdongjin