A ju teuk byul han son nim
South Korea, 2006, 99 minutes
Mon, May 7 / 09:00 / Kabuki / ADLI07K
Tue, May 8 / 03:45 / Kabuki / ADLI08K
Thu, May 10 / 05:00 / Kabuki / ADLI10K
Bo-Kyung, a young woman living in Seoul, is asked by three men to accompany them to their village and impersonate their prodigal sister whom she resembles, thus fulfilling their dying father’s last wish to see her one more time. Once ensconced in village life and her new "family," she encounters the initial animosity of mourning relatives and questions the morality of her role-playing. However, she soon gets caught up in the perpetration of her deception, learning how to behave and dress and what to say so that the man can reconcile with his "daughter" and die peacefully. Lee Yoon-Ki’s narrative probes the complexity of relationships within the family, revealing how familial connections have become fragile and empty. Affected by this strange experience, Bo-Kyung returns to the city and tries to reconnect with her mother. This story about the city, the country and the family—and the girl who is caught within this triangle—continues the exploration of solitary women seen in Lee’s previous two films (This Charming Girl and Love Talk), but here he uses the theme to portray the eroding bonds among family members in the modern world. In doing so, he draws a sharp picture of Korean society today. In an almost Hitchcockian sense (of Vertigo), the film also is about the process of performance—the title alone suggests this—and about the ways in which deception sometimes reveals the truth.
North American Premiere. Sponsored by Hotel Fusion. Presented in association with Center for Asian American Media.