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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Korean Lesban film: "Memento Mori"

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An Interview with Yun Jae-yeon


Many female directors are already working, or have debuted in recent years. They have made inroads into what had traditionally been considered a man's job. Have you recognized any visible changes in recent years in this regard?

Well, I am not sure about the visible changes in terms of reflecting "women's perspective." However, it is a good thing that people's standard image of a "film director" is breaking down due to the greater participation of women.

I am a pretty recent graduate from KNUA and when I was studying cinema in the school, I was still one of the numerical minority. Now, I think about the half of the class in KNUA are women. So there has been a change. But I think the increase in the number of women filmmakers should be understood in the larger context of the greater diversification of voices in Korean cinema.

Film director is in many ways a position with a lot of authority. In that sense, wouldn't more women directors, or producers for that matter, working in Korean cinema bring about changes in the way Korean films are made?

Well, there are certainly more women directors and producers now, but...

Wouldn't that lead to, for instance, making films that would have been shot down by male directors or producers some years ago?

I am sure there are cases like that. From my own perspective, I like being a woman. But it can be somewhat burdensome when all others see in me is that I am a woman filmmaker. Now, it is true that women filmmakers are inevitably involved in the big social changes in South Korea that are clearly bringing about the upswing of women's status.

I still think, though, the most important issue is diversity. I think true empowerment comes when we recognize that we have multiple voices, and try not to pigeonhole one another into easily identifiable categories.

This is a fan video.

Whispering Corridors 2: Memento Mori

(Yeogo Goedam II)

Sexual abuse by teachers, bullying, gossip, prejudice, humiliation: it is a miracle that any girl, anywhere, any time grows to adulthood not hating herself, not full of fear, shame and paranoia. The cinematography is delicious and I cannot say enough about this film's score. What beautiful, poignant, eery, heart breaking and heart stopping music! The art in the diary is an intricate, complex blend of genius and juvenile. The child actors were fabulous. The script is honest, like it was written by an adolescent girl in the throes of her first, passionate love affair with another woman, but disciplined, attentive and concentrated in a way only an adult with true compassion could write. If I look at the "ghost" business as metaphor, rather than reality, I see a fierce, betrayed child, vengefully watching as her "peers" experience the panic, shock, terror, pain and grief of living, as she has, in a universe of cruelty, danger and hate. Part of me wishes I had ever been loved so intensely; part of me is grateful I have not. This belongs in the "Gay and Lesbian" section at Netsux, not in horror. Koreans make some of the most intimate, moving, thought-provoking films through the genre of "horror:" tackling subjects for which they probably couldn't get funding in any other genre. "Ab-Normal Beauty" is another Lesbian themed, Korean horror with brilliance, but resorts to the old cliche that Lesbians are just damaged man-haters. This story is true Lesbianism: Women loving women. The horror here is the hatred and abuse the endure from the world around them. I recommend and I WILL watch again! Rogi Riverstone

Tonight's feature Presentation is from the Whispering Corridors Series..

The 2nd Movie in the series, and the title is called
"Memento Mori"
-aka- "여고괴담 두번째 이야" - aka - " Yeogogoedam dubeujjae iyagi"
South Korean Horror film.

**Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as "Remember your mortality" or "Remember you will die" - ("literally "remember to die")

The film revolves around the relationship between two high school students, Yoo Shi-Eun (Lee Young-jin) and Min Hyo-Shin (Park Ye-jin). As the two girls become romantically involved, their taboo friendship causes them to be marginalized by the other students. Unable to cope with the social pressures of having a lover of the same gender, Shi-Eun tries to distance herself from the increasingly dependent Hyo-Shin. Hyo-Shin reacts poorly to Shi-Eun's changed attitude, viewing it as both a betrayal and rejection. . .Let The Games Begin . . .