'Harmonium In My Memory' (translated literally as 'Organ Of My Heart' from the original Korean) is a moving and beautiful movie about first love.
The year is 1963. In the village of Sanri in Kang Won Province, an area very far from Seoul, newly qualified teacher Kang (Lee Byeong-heon) takes a class for the very first time. Aged 21, he approaches his job with verve and sincerity, taking great care of his pupils who are children from poor families.
Yoon (Jeon Do-yeon) is a 6th grader but, at 17, is much older than her classmates. Her backward nature, though vibrant and endearing, the result of her mother being left alone to raise three children. As Kang's effervescent teaching methods inspire Yoon to learn to read, she gradually falls in love with him. However, sophisticated new teacher Miss Yang (Lee Mi-yeon) unwittingly steals the heart of Kang who is, in turn, oblivious to the attentions of his student...
Winner of Best Film at the 2000 Verona Film Festival. Also a winner of three awards at the 20th Chung Ryong Film Award for Best Actress (Jeon Do-yeon), Best Supporting Actress (Lee Mi-yeon) and Best New Director (Lee Yeong-jae).