Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series (August 2022)

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2022.08.12 - 2022.08.13
Price: HK$80 / HK$64* 

Encouraged by the welcoming response from our audiences last year, the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Seoul Independent Film Festival continue to bring you indie films by Korean women filmmakers! The liberal and ambitious spirit of Korean film development has allowed its creators to explore a great variety of stories and styles, and women are taking the stage to express themselves with films that are more widely available on global film distribution and festival circuits, gaining recognition and enriching different cultures. 

This year, our selection carries on with telling stories of Korean women of different generations and their life choices – overcoming misfortune and stigmas to bring about new discoveries, enlightenments and connections with the hope of addressing realities that do not only involve women, but everyone – such as women’s changing priorities in their role, the phenomenon of holojok (the growing number of people who prefer to be left alone in one-person households), ageism, sexism, labour exploitation, historical tragedies, etc.  

Do not miss the chance to chat with our directors at our after-screening talks! 


Event Schedule

24/6 (Fri)         7:45pm            Ten Months
26/6 (Sun)       3:00pm            Ghost Walk
26/6 (Sun)       7:45pm            Home Away from Home
16/7 (Sat)        2:30pm            Boundary: Flaming Feminist Action
30/7 (Sat)        3:00pm            Sister J
12/8 (Fri)         7:45pm            The Slug
13/8 (Sat)        2:30pm            An Old Lady
13/8 (Sat)        7:30pm            Soup and Ideology
The Slug 태어나길 잘했어
12/8 (Fri) 7:45pm
Director: Choi Jin-young
*Director will attend virtual after-screening talk.

Moderator: Patrick Suen (Film Critic/Columnist) 

Most Promising Talent Award, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2021
Nominated for Best Film, Grand Prix, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2021
Korean Cinema Today - Vision, Busan International Film Festival 2020
Seoul Independent Film Festival 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada) 2021
Cast: Kang Jin-ah, Park Hye-jin, Hong Sang-pyo 
South Korea | 2020 | 99’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour 
Thinking back and forth
Thirty-something Chun-hee is uncomfortable in her own skin nor in her own house. Her parents have died after the IMF crises when she was a teenager, which leaves her under the care of resentful relatives. She is also constantly embarassed about her heavy sweat due to a medical condition. With a soft and empathetic nature, she gets on with life in a warm and accommodating manner. Until a day when she gets struck by lightning, her young self keeps appearing in flesh and bone, and they chat and live with each other. What do they want to tell each other?
Choi Jin-young’s first feature has won critical acclaim. Lead actress Kang Jin-ah carries the character of Chun-hee with natural and versatile sensibility and grace. Choi’s many short films also garnered success at many different festivals.
An Old Lady 69세
13/8 (Sat) 2:30pm
Director: Lim Sun-ae
*Director will attend virtual after-screening talk.
KNN Award, Busan International Film Festival 2019
Nominated for New Currents Award, Busan International Film Festival 2019
Future Lights, Taipei Film Festival 2020
Seoul Independent Film Festival 2019
Seoul International Women’s Film Festival 2021
Cast: Ye Soo-jung, Ki Joo-bong, Kim Tae-hun
South Korea | 2020 | 99’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour 
A woman is never an old woman
Quiet and reserved 69-year-old Hyo-jeong is raped by a 29-year-old male nurse aide during physical therapy. She has no family nor friends, and turns to her co-habitant Dong-in to confide the crime. The case is reported to the police but no one believes her. The aide later claims that it is consensual sex, shocking both Hyo-jeong and Dong-in. Since no one can help her, Hyo-jeong has taken matters into her own hands. 
Welcomed by audiences and critically acclaimed, Lim Sun-ae’s debut directorial feature about stereotypes and violence against women and the elderly is unusual and enigmatic. Her short films participated in various festivals. She also worked as a storyboard artist for several feature films. 
Soup and Ideology 수프와 이데올로기
13/8 (Sat) 7:30pm 
 Director: Yang Yong-hi  
*Director will attend virtual after-screening talk.
White Goose Award, International Competition, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2021  
Nominated for Best Documentary, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2021  
Seoul Independent Film Festival 2021  
Japan, South Korea | 2021 | 119’ | In Korean and Japanese with English subtitles | DCP | Colour  
A secret that can be told
Following Yang Yong-hi’s highly regarded and intriguing documentaries Dear Pyongyang (which was widely populat at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival last year) and Sona, the Other Myself on her life as a Zainichi Korean (a long-term Korean resident of Japan who traces their roots to Korea under Japanese rule), Yang continues her story on her family and identity in this latest documentary. One day, Yang’s mother told her about the experience of being involved in the Jeju Uprising against the division of Korea between1948 and 1949, which made her leave Korea for Japan. 70 years after the massacre in Jeju, Yang and her Japanese fiancé took the Alzheimer’s-ridden mother to Jeju Island.
Yang Yong-hi is an established director with multiple awards under her belt. The title Soup and Ideology refers to her belief that even if we have different values or ways of thinking, we should eat and live together without killing one another. She hopes her film can be a positive force for mutual understanding in differences. 


For details of each screening in this film series, please click on the months below.  


June 2022

Ten Months (Director: Sun Nam-koong)
South Korea | 2020 | 92’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour 
Ghost Walk (Director: Yu Eun-jeong)
South Korea | 2018 | 90’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour
Home Away From Home (Director: Jee Hye-won)
South Korea | 2021 | 95’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour  

July 2022

Boundary: Flaming Feminist Action (Director: Yun Ga-hyun)
South Korea | 2021 | 107’ | In Korean with English Subtitles | DCP | Colour 
Sister J (Director: Lee Soo-jung)
South Korea | 2022 | 97’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | B&W/Colour 

August 2022

The Slug (Director: Choi Jin-young)
South Korea | 2020 | 99’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour 
An Old Lady (Director: Lim Sun-ae)
South Korea | 2020 | 99’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour 
Soup and Ideology (Director: Yang Yong-hi)
Japan, South Korea | 2021 | 119’ | In Korean with English subtitles | DCP | Colour

Tickets are now available on POPTICKET.hk.

Ticket Price: $80 / $64*

All Access Pass (one ticket each for all 8 screenings with 30% discount, service charge included) - $488

*20% discount for tickets for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.
*20% discount to HKAC members. Ticket holders must present a valid membership card upon admission.
*20% discount for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.
*Only one discount offer could be applied to each ticket purchase. 
Programme enquiries: 2582 0282
Co-presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Seoul Independent Film Festival
Hong Kong Arts Centre – Moving Images 香港藝術中心:流動影像
Hong Kong Arts Centre

Programmes are subject to change without prior notice.

The following measures will be implemented for screenings, to combat the prevailing threat of Novel Coronavirus:

  • All audience must wear face masks and comply with the requirements and restrictions announced by the Government
  • No smoking, eating and drinking. Unauthorised photo-taking, audio and/or video recording is strictly forbidden
  • Staff have the right to deny the admission of any person with temperature higher than 37.5°C
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