Arumdabda Director: Jaihong Juhn

Eunyoung is an extraordinarily beautiful woman. But her beauty is her downfall in an age when beauty is idealised to an absurd degree, and women think nothing of surrendering themselves to the surgeon's knife should they consider themselves falling short of these ideals.

To Eunyoung, however, beauty is no more than an ordinary gift. She only has to walk out onto a street to turn the heads of all the men. At the same time her good looks turn all women green with envy. When her best friend's boyfriend tries to make a pass at her, an argument ensues that finally destroys the two women's friendship. Eunyoung becomes increasingly annoyed by all the brazen looks from the men; she also finds it hard to bear the jealous women.

One day she is raped. A man that had been following her for ages attacks her. Afterwards, he turns himself in. On his way to prison he declares his undying love for her. Convinced that her beauty is responsible for the crime, Eunyoung begins to hate her appearance so much that she decides to destroy it.

Festivals and awards: Berlin (Panorama Special), Warsaw
Links: Trailer

Programme: Eastern Sunrise

Country: South Korea
Year: 2007
Length: 88
Language: Korean
Producer: Song Myung-chul
Screenplay: Juhn Jaihong
Director: Jaihong Juhn
Cinematography: Kim Gi-tae
Music: Roh Hyung-woo
Editor: Juhn Jaihong, Han Youngkyu

Cast: Cha Soo-yeon, Lee Chun-hee, Choi Myung-soo, Kim Min-soo, Lee Min

Producer: Kim Ki-duk Film

Jaihong Juhn

Jung Jaihong (b. 1977, Seoul, South Korea) went to New York at the age of 15 to study singing, later he studied business management in Vienna. After making his short film, "Colors", Jung Jaihong met Kim Ki-duk at the Venice film festival in 2005 after which he returned to Korea to work as Ki-duk's assistant director. BEAUTIFUL, his first feature film, is based on an idea by Kim Ki-duk.

Arumdabda (Beautiful, 2007)

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