Planet of Snail

Planet of Snail

Young-Chan and Soon-Ho in PLANET OF SNAIL. Image courtesy of Cinema Guild.

Planet of Snail


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Planet of Snail (2011/2012)

Opened: 07/25/2012 Limited

Film Forum/NYC07/25/2012 - 08/07/201214 days
Monica 4-Plex09/14/2012 - 09/20/20127 days

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Genre: Korean Documentary (Korean w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


A love story like no other, Planet of Snail is a mesmerizing documentary about an accomplished young poet who can no longer hear or see and his relationship to the world around him.

Young-Chan is deaf and blind. He learned to speak when he was very young, but soon after lost his sight and hearing. He lives with his wife, Soon-Ho, who is his soul mate, an inseparable part of his life, and a window to the outside world. Young-Chan and Soon-Ho communicate through finger braille, a unique form of touch-based sign language in which words are tapped out on each other's hands.

They rely on one another completely. Even simple domestic tasks require complex collaboration, like the changing of a light bulb on the ceiling. And everyday moments that most of us hardly notice become tender shared experiences, like feeling the bark of a tree, smelling pine cones on a spring morning, or the sensation of raindrops on the skin. However, Young-Chan must be able to survive on his own. One day, as Soon-Ho waits anxiously at home, Young-Chan embarks on the biggest adventure of his life.

Breathtaking imagery coupled with Young-Chan's personal writings create a transfixing portrait of life on what seems like another planet, where touch communicates everything and love conquers all.