Juvenile Offender

Juvenile Offender  {Beom-joe So-nyeon}
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Juvenile Offender
Beom-joe So-nyeon
South Korea, 2012, 107 Minute Running Time
Topic: Asian
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Korean English Sub-Titles

Awards: Tokyo FF: Special Jury Prize for Director

Troubled 16-year-old Ji-gu, abandoned by his parents when he was a baby, lives with his bed-ridden grandfather. Home smells of sickness; school is a place to hang out. His only interest is his sweet new girlfriend.

Following the wrong crowd, Ji-gu has another run-in with the law and having no parent to vouch for him, he ends up in juvenile detention. Months later when his grandfather dies, the institution tracks down the mother he thought dead. They try to make up for lost time but as he gets to know her, he starts to understand why this immature young mother who can barely take care of herself had to leave him behind when she was only 17.

“Simultaneously bleak and humanistic, writer-director Kang Yi-kwan’s intimate look at a national problem reveals the myriad ways bad decisions trickle down through generations, while offering a slim ray of hope for a clan awkwardly attempting to make amends.”
- Peter Debruge, Variety

Winner: Best Actor and Special Jury Prize, Tokyo International Film Festival; Lino Brocka Award and Best Actor, Cinemanila

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Kang Yi-kwan
Producer: Park Joo-young
Editor: Park Yook-yung, Kim Jin-hee
Screenwriter: Kang Yi-kwan, Park Joo-young
Cinematographer: Byun Bong-sun
Music: Kang Min-kook
Principal Cast: Lee Jung-hyun, Seo Young-ju, Kim Geunyeong, Jun Ye-jin
Filmography: Sa-kwa (2005)

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