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The Tenor

Directed by Kim Sang-man

Cinema Asia / Japan, Serbia, South Korea / 2014 / Narrative / 121 mins / Japanese with English subtitles

The Tenor

New People Cinema
March 18, 2017 4:15 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


Singing with sincerity and heart, Bae Jae-chul (Ji-tae Yu) is more than committed to living his dream in opera. THE TENOR chronicles the life of the world-famous South Korean singer from the tragic moment he lost his voice to thyroid cancer to when he bravely takes the stage again. Enduring both emotional and physical pain through his rehabilitation, this inspirational biopic captures Bae’s determination to regain his singing voice, a feat that previously seemed impossible. The film begins with Bae at the peak of his career, working hard, traveling between Serbia and Japan and following his passion where it takes him. When he suddenly collapses during a rehearsal, the film enters a nightmare-induced tension between loss, hope and will. With the support of his wife, Yun-hee, and his Japanese music producer, Sawada, he is instilled with faith and courage and refuses to give up his dream of singing his heart out on stage.

Light-hearted and inspirational, Kim Sang-man’s THE TENOR reaches a pitch of sincerity and heart against all odds. The film successfully features Serbian, Korean and Japanese talent and radiates with warmth visually and musically through its international city landscapes.

—Diana Li

Co-presented by: Korean American Professional Society


Writer: Kim Sang-man
Executive Producers: Tae Jin Chung, Ryô Sawakami, Wajima Totaro
Cinematographer: Sung Lim Ju
Editor: Min-kyeong Shin
Music: Jun-seong Kim
Producers: Sung Bum Hong, Marko Jocic, Jenny Jung-A Kim
Cast: Ji-tae Yu, Yûsuke Iseya, Ye-ryeon Cha

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The Tenor

New People Cinema
March 18, 2017 4:15 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets