Archive of films Bongja / Bongja

South Korea
2000, 94 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2001


A lonely middle-aged woman named Bongja works in a small restaurant where it is her job to prepare maki rolls, a kind of sushi. She leads the life of an old maid and one of her small pleasures is indulging in a somewhat immoderate amount of saké. Because of recurrent problems with drinking Bongja eventually loses her job. Desperate and depressed, she returns home where to her surprise she finds a strange girl asleep in her house. This mysterious person who, without any explanation whatsoever settles into Bongja’s place, slowly begins to fundamentally change not only the life of her amazed and somewhat startled hostess but even her neighbours as well. Gradually they all drop the masks behind which, their whole lives, they have hidden their desires, and begin to give vent to previously suppressed feelings and secret aspirations, whether of a sexual, violent or even deadly nature. . . .

About the director

Park Chul Soo (b. 1948, Kyungbuk Chungdo, Korea) is one of Korea’s top directors. A Vietnam veteran, he began in film in 1976 as Shin Sang Ok’s assistant director. He got his first chance to direct two years later and made Rain in the Evening. Then for eight years he directed and produced TV movies for the MBC channel. In 1988 he returned to directing films. His 301, 302 (1995), screened at Cannes, became the first Korean film to make it into international distribution. In 1994 he established Park Chul Soo Films, an independent film company. Selected filmography: The Woman Who Walks on Water (1989), Love in My Generation (1994), Farewell, My Darling (1996), Push! Push! (1997), Kazoku Cinema (1998).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Park Chul Soo
Screenplay: Kim Jeon Han
Dir. of Photography: Cho Dong Kwuan
Music: Lee Sang Eun
Editor: Kim Yang Il
Producer: Ha Kwang Hui
Production: Next Films
Cast: Suh Gap Sook, Kim Jin Ah, Kim Il Woo, Choi Dae Woong, Min Kyung Jin, Kim Ju Hong, Lee Yong Ee, Kim Yoon Mi

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