Category Archives: Asian History in Videos

Love, life and a 76 year marriage, an insight into the lives of rural Koreans

Mr. Byong-man Jo is 98 years old and Mrs. Gye-Yeul Kang is 89 years old, they reside in a  200-year-old house by the river and have lived together for 76 years. Young at heart, they go for classes at a college twice a week, walk to the market and even collect firewood. The documentary follows them through 15 months of their lives documenting their love and touching on issues of family, happiness, and time. A beautiful documentary that not only captures the traditional everyday life in a Korean mountain village but the challenges life brings for the oldest old.

 

From an environmental perspective, this documentary also provides an insight on the living conditions, traditions, and culture of Koreans living in rural regions and the contrasting environments when one moves into a residential aged care facility. Keep a look out for sleeping conditions, daily activities and even furniture and fixtures.