Almost missed among all that was a quiet film directed by a virtual unknown but starring the talented Jo Seung-woo.
The media found it interesting as 'a story of human triumph' but most people seemed certain that Kang Woo-suk's feature would dominate the box office.
Although the general path followed by the plot is pretty straightforward, Song leads us down many odd and fascinating detours.
That all changed however, after Marathon had its press screening.
It was reported immediately after in numerous newspapers that the journalists in attendance applauded long and hard following the press screening and that most of them were in tears.
This may have been what happened with Git by Song Il-gon, the director of Flower Island (2001), Spider Forest (2004), and various award-winning short films including The Picnic (1999).
Git was originally commissioned as a 30-minute segment of the digital omnibus film 1.3.6.
One is that such a low-budget film looks so good visually.
In Flower Island, Song showed an unusual talent for the aesthetics of digital cinema, but here he takes it one step further.
As he waits, the pressures of his work life start to recede, and he becomes acquainted with the young woman who runs the motel.
Named Lee So-yeon (played by -- sure enough -- actress Lee So-yeon of Untold Scandal), the woman is twelve years his junior, and possesses an unusual energy and enthusiasm.
In Song's other works, such elements sometimes feel forced or self-consciously arty, but here they blend with the otherworldly presence of the island and add a sense of mystery.
Git (which means either a triangular flag or "feather" in Korean) is surprising in several respects.
Git centers around a film director who, in the middle of starting his next screenplay, remembers a promise he'd made ten years earlier.