Past Lives


106 minutes – Drama, Romance
Language: English, Korean
Festival release date: January 21, 2023 – Sundance
Release date: June 2, 2023
Production companies: CJ ENM, Killer Films, 2AM
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures
US Distributor: A24

Na Young and Hae Sung are 12-year-old classmates who develop feelings for one another and go on a date set up by their parents. Shortly thereafter, Na Young’s family leaves South Korea and settles in Toronto and she changes her name to Nora Moon. The two friends lose contact. Years later, Nora Moon movies to New York and thanks to social media, they can reconnect, at least online. Twelve years after that, Nora is now married, but she meets with Hae Sung in New York. For one fateful week they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life.

Past Lives is a United States-Korea coproduction but is included in our database because Korean-Canadian Celine Song is an Executive Producer and screenwriter of the multi-award-winning film, which also marks her directorial debut. NOTE: The cast listed below is in order of appearance.

Past Lives, movie, poster,



David Hinojosa, p.g.a.
Christine Vachon, p.g.a.
Pamela Koffler, p.g.a.

Executive Producer:

Miky Lee
Hosung Kang
Jerry Kyoungboum Ko
Celine Song
Taylor Shung
Christine D’Souza Gelb

Co-Executive Producer:

Yeonu Choi


Khan Kwon
Yale Chasin


Celine Song


Celine Song


Shabier Kirchner (Director of Photography)


Keith Fraase


Christopher Bear
Daniel Rossen

Production Designer:

Grace Yun

Costume Designer:

Katina Danabassis

Cast: Roles:

Greta Lee
Teo Yoo
John Magaro
Seung Ah Moon
Seung Min Yim
Ji Hye Yoon
Won Young Choi
Min Young Ahn
Yeon Woo Seo
Kiha Chang
Hee Chul Shin
Jun Hyuk Park
Jack Alberts
Jane Kim
Noo Ri Song
Si Ah Jin
Yoon Seo Choi
Seung Un Hwang
Jojo T. Gibbs
Emily Cass McDonnell
Federico Rodriguez
Conrad Schott
Kristen Sieh
Oge Agulué

Hae Sung
Young Nora
Young Hae Sung
Nora’s Mom
Nora’s Dad
Hae Sung’s Mom
Young Si Young
Hae Sung’s Friend 1
Na Young’s Childhood Friend 2
Na Young’s Childhood Friend 3
CBP Officer
Na Young’s Childhood Fiend 1
Na Young’s Childhood Fiend 2
Na Young’s Childhood Fiend 3
Hae Sung’s Girlfriend
Ferry Line Security Guard