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Film info

Director: Boo Ji-young
Cast: Yum Jung-ah, Kim Young-ae, Moon Jeong-hee, Kim Kang-woo, Do Kyung-soo
103mins, 2014

Probably the very first Korean commercial film to confront the issue of non-regular temporary labour. The film is directed by Boo Ji-young whose previous films – Sisters on the Road (2009) and Moonwalk (2011) – include interesting takes on gender and sexual politics. The story is largely based on the 2007 E-land Home-ever non-regular workers’ strike. Having worked in The Mart for five years, Hye-mi (Yum Jung-ah), a breadwinner for her family, has been promised promotion to a permanent job for her excellent performance. Out of the blue, all the female non-regular workers in the place, receive an SMS message informing them of the termination of their contracts. Seon-hui (Moon Jeong-hee) proposes setting up a labour union and Hye-mi, reluctantly accepts a supporting role. The development of subsequent events may appear clichéd yet, the brilliant acting of the cast, in particular, Yeom Jeong-a, and the cinematography – lighting and location filming – light up a graceful glow in the darkness of the world in which we live.

Home, Manchester, 19 Nov 2016 6:00 pm

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