Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982

Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982

Kim Do-young’s debut feature is based on Cho Nam-ju’s bestselling novel of the same name. Upon its 2016 publication, the book prompted controversy among men in Korea, a phenomenon that deepened the valley between women and men in the country and added fuel to the hostility against feminism. Ji-young is an ordinary woman in her late 30s who tries her best to ensure everyone’s happiness, all the while subconsciously unleashing accumulations of repression, discrimination, and self-abandonment that manifest in metaphysical forms. This film may be about one woman, but it is also about the rest of us.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Kim Do-young. WITH: Jung Yu-mi, Gong Yoo, Kim Mi-kyung. 2019. 118 min. Korea. Color. Korean. DCP.

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