Our Fantastic 21st Century

Neo-wa na-eui i-shib-il-seki

Ryu Hyung-ki

Republic of Korea 2009

14.02. 20:00 Eng. subtitles Cubix 9
15.02. 15:00 Eng. subtitles Arsenal 1
16.02. 22:00 Eng. subtitles CinemaxX 4
17.02. 16:30 Eng. subtitles CineStar 8

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Still in her mid 20s, Soo-young’s life is in crisis. She figures she could make it as a fashion designer, but only if she has liposuction, which doesn't come cheap. Her boyfriend has, however, taken off with her savings. Now Soo-young starts manipulating the prices at her current place of work, a supermarket where she stacks shelves, but her scam is discovered. On the run, she bumps into Jae-beom, a loan shark. Soo-young 
thus begins a journey, one which doesn't just prevent her from making amends for her guilt but actually ends up adding to it.

The film creates an extraordinarily precise portrait of a young woman in today's South Korea, providing at the same time a snapshot of an entire generation. Even in Korea's hyper-modern consumerist society, the tight corset of behavioral codes forced on to young people by a rigid value system is only dismantled quietly; instead, Soo-young must take action in silent desperation. Although she ends up reaching her goal, she is constantly beholden to a fate she cannot escape from. Soo-young is at the mercy of societal constraints which turn hopes into illusions.
Ansgar Vogt

 

Production: Korean Academy of Film Arts, Seoul

Screenplay: Ryu Hyung-ki

Camera: Kim Hyeon-ok

Cast: Han Soo-yeon, Lee Hwan, 
Shin Hyun-ho, Choi So-eun

Format: HDCam, color

Running time: 83 min.

Language: Korean