In 1952 South Korea, a man walks in the rain among the narrow streets of Pusan in an unfamiliar district. He is the only serviceman in sight. He is searching for a sign showing a turtle with two snakes. The streets meander, and he is becoming confused. When it is past midnight, the man retraces his steps and finally sees the sign, looking exactly as Pak said it would. He looks for an alley opposite the sign and walks down it to a doorway with a red lantern. It is the door of an herbalist’s shop. He hears a recording of Doris Day singing “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.” He...
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