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To a South Korean farmer, this cow was sacred

To a South Korean farmer, this cow was sacred

The stampede to see South Korea's most reluctant celebrities starts early, often before they're out of bed. On many weekends, hundreds of tourists appear at the tumbledown homestead to meet 82-year-old farmer Choi Won-kyun and his loving but nagging wife, Lee Sam-sun. They're the unlikely stars of "Old Partner," a documentary that chronicles two years in the lives of the hard-working couple as they await the death of the aging cow that has served them faithfully for 40 years. The movie shattered box-office records here for an independent film, becoming an instant low-budget classic, a fable about love, loyalty and rural Korean values -- and also a touching,...

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