Part of the Korean Cinema Now (And Then) Series
If You Were Me 2
(2005) Directed by Kim Dong-won, Jung Ji-woo, Jang Jin, and Park Kyung-hee
Sponsored by the Korean National Commission on Human Rights, this second installment in a series of omnibus films tackling discrimination in Korea is anything but didactic. Five prominent directors were granted total control over these short films that range from a loud, edgy comedy about a racist barfly to a starkly chilling documentary about the death of an undocumented Chinese-Korean immigrant. Park Kyung-hee's moving "Seaside Flower" explores the bond between an elderly woman and a spirited child with Down's Syndrome, while Jang Jin's "Someone Grateful" offers a subversive reconsideration of the student protests of the 1980s in a nail-biting chamber drama set in a police interrogation room. While one reviewer commented that the film "makes South Korea appear practically the least inviting society around," this provocative film also reveals a culture courageous enough to take a long, unflinching look at its own demons.
Producer: lee Hyun-seung, Lee Jin-sook, Nam Kyu-sun. Screenwriter: Kim Dong-won, Jung Ji-woo, Jang Jin, Park Kyung-hee, Ryoo Seung-wan.
Cast: Ryoo Seung-yong, Jeong Eun-hye, Seo Ju-hee, Kim Su-yeon.
Presented in Korean dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 113 min.
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