Based on Lee Jeong-myeong’s novel “Deep-rooted Tree”. Work that highlights the serial killings during the 7 days before the announcement of the Korean script. A series of murder occurred during the reign of King Sejong. As Kang Chae Yoon who is investigating these cases gets closer to the root of the truth, he finds himself embroiled in a massive conspiracy behind the serial killings which involves a group of genius who are willing to risked their lives towards their cause/goals and secret powers who will interfere with the course of his investigations.
A pawnbroker is found murdered in a remote town in a derelict building. three people come under suspicion but all of them have perfect alibis and the investigation comes to a standstill. Almost fifteen years pass and the lead inspector decides to reinvestigate. Fifteen years earlier,the victim’s son killed his father to save his beloved from being raped by him. And the girl killed her mother when she found out the boy had killed his father. For fifteen years, the boy has been eliminating anyone that tries to interfere with her life. He exists as a shadow, requiring nothing from her in return. She knows what he has done for her sake but looks away from it. As their love grows, more crimes happen. As their sin grows, the inspector’s chase comes closer to them.
Yun-seo (Han Suk-Kyu), a world weary Korean aristocrat, and Gwang-heon (Lee Beom-Soo), an old enemy of Yun-seo’s family, come together in the story of the Heukgokbisa, one of Korea’s most famous and lurid novels. The historical drama follows Yun-seo as, chancing upon an erotic novel, he decides to publish his own—and enlists Gwang-heon to illustrate it. When the Heukgokbisa starts circulating at court, the scandalous story takes on a life of its own.
34 year old Jin Man (Han Suk Kyu) used to run a large labor union but now stays at home whilst his wife goes out to work everyday. He is a good cook and housekeeper and dedicates his life to looking after their young daughter. However, when he gets caught out in a confidence scam and loses all the money he had put aside for his father-in-law's operation, Jin Man takes desperate measures. Slipping on a dress he applies to take part in the TV game show "Quiz Show For Wives," in the hope of winning the jackpot.
"Have you ever seen fish cry?"
When special agent Ryu of South Korea's secret service fails to prevent the death of an arms smuggler-turned-informant, he instinctively suspects the involvement of Hee, an enigmatic sniper from a North Korean terrorist group.
A skilled master of disguise, Hee has previously assassinated many government officials but since managed to disappear, escaping the unrelenting pursuit of South Korean agents.
Now it appears that she has returned...
The Japanese actress Yuko Fueki was inspired by the film to pursue a career in Korea; Yu Aoi desired to act with Han Suk-kyu ; Chinese singer Lee Jian wrote his own version of "Christmas in August" as a pop ballad; a close Japanese remake by director Shunichi Nagasaki was released in 2005. Many Sinophone filmmakers have also named it as among their favorite South Korean films: Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai (at Korean press conference for Hero, January 16, 2003), Leslie Cheung (as movie recommendation to Chinese radio listeners), and Feng Xiaogang.
The film's also had an enduring influence within the Korean film industry. Actor Jang Hyuk reportedly studied the film in preparation for his comeback role in MBC drama "Thank You" . Assistant Director Park Heung-shik was influenced by particular scenes of Jung-won washing rice and teaching his father the VCR remote control, for his film Bravo, My Life!. The muffled weeping scene also found its way into My Mother, the Mermaid. Characters in Barking Dogs Never Bite and Girls' Night Out are shown, respectively, watching scenes of the VCR remote and lovers' stroll. Han and Shim are named as ideal casting choices by the eponymous aspiring script writer in My Sassy Girl.