The Seashore Village
Director: Kim Soo-yong
Cast: Shin Young-kyun, Ko Eun-ah, Lee Min-ja, Hwang Jung-seun
Film genre: Drama
Cert 18, 91 mins, 1965
A beautiful fishing village is home to a community of widows who have lost their loved ones at sea. We follow the daily routine of Haesoon, whose husband has recently disappeared during a fishing trip only a week into their marriage. Beset by misfortune, Haesoon survives thanks to her natural toughness, the support of her female companions and elderly mother-in-law, as well as the restorative sound of the waves. Through dazzling long shots, Kim Soo-yong brings the sublime landscape to life. The power of the sea and the mountains frames the story, with human life and tragedy playing out as part of the wider narrative of the natural world. Women here are fierce, and yet care for and support each other. Their bond made more resolute through their shared sufferings, we witness an intense yet playful intimacy emerging between them.