Jin Mo-young’s “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” follows a South Korean couple affectionately known as “The 100-year-old Lovebirds.” Byong-man Jo, who is 98 years old, and his wife Gye-Yeul Kang, who is 89, have been companions for over 76 years. They live in a small home by the river, shop at the local market, wear traditional Korean garb, and enjoy dancing and the company of their neighbors. Though Jo’s health has recently suffered, the two still express their love openly and tenderly; they even go to sleep holding each other’s hand every night. Director Jin Mo-young follows the Lovebirds over the span of fifteen months, capturing the good and bad times of one of the most beautiful couples in the world. In the exclusive clip above, watch Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang play in the snow.
“My Love, Don’t Cross That River” is Jin Mo-young’s first feature-length documentary. He has previously contributed to different documentaries for Korean Broadcasters since 2007. In 2012, he produced Lee Seong-kyu’s feature film “Shiva, Throw Your Life.”
“My Love, Don’t Cross That River” made its world premiere at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, where it won the audience award. Upon its release in South Korea, “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” became the most commercially successful Korean independent film of all time. It also screened at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the New York Asian Film Festival.
“My Love, Don’t Cross That River” will open in New York on Friday, June 17 and in Los Angeles on Friday, June 24.