Han Gong-ju

Han Gong-ju
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Han Gong-ju
South Korea, 2013, 112 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Drama, Women
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: Korean English Sub-Titles

Awards: Busan: Vision Award

Watch out! This Korean high school drama begins in a quiet, almost whimsical register but piles on the emotional revelations until many who saw the movie at its Busan International Film Festival premiere a couple of months ago were left weeping. Gong-ju (“Princess”) appears to be a typical teenager, but then why has she abruptly been transferred out of her school and placed in the care of a teacher? She keeps to herself as much as possible and won’t be drawn out. But friendly Eunhee does succeed in persuading the new girl to join their a cappella group, a seemingly innocent development that will ultimately expose the terrible truth Gong-ju has been hiding. Remarkably, not only is this Lee’s first movie, he hasn’t even graduated from film school yet!

“Emotionally devastating… Chun Woo-hee catches every nuance of panic and pain that a teenage girl stripped of all standard forms of emotional and psychological support would experience. It is exciting and reassuring that Korean cinema is still producing emerging directors who deserve attention and that this next generation haven’t forgotten that there are important stories to tell.”
- Russell Edwards, SBS

Winner: Critics Award and Movie Collage Award, Busan

DIRECTOR: Lee Su-jin
Producer: Kim Jung-hwan
Editor: Choi Hyun-sook
Screenwriter: Lee Su-jin
Cinematographer: Hong Jae-sik
Music: Kim Tae-sung
Principal Cast: Chun Woo-hee, Jeong In-sun, Lee Young-ran, Kim So-young
Filmography: Debut Feature

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