With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ACF 462: Beautiful

Directed by Juhn Jai-Hong
South Korea, 2008, 88 minutes
New York Premiere

Beautiful, the next film in Korean Cultural Services' series of free screenings, will be shown on Tuesday, Feburary 9th at 7:00 PM. The screening will take place at the Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E and 1 train Canal Street stops. Although admission is free, you must RSVP to info@koreanculture.org or call 212-759-9550 to be admitted. I suggest you do so right away, as this has - not surprisingly - proved to be a very popular series.

First timer Juhn Jai-Hong took an unfinished screenplay by his mentor, Kim Ki-Duk (The Isle, Bad Guy), and turned it into this insane slice of grand guignol social critique that sends up Korea"s obsession with plastic surgery with a side helping of maximum carnage.

Kim is a pretty young woman often mistaken for an actress. Men are always hitting on her, and she's uncomfortable being the object of their sexual fantasies. Her discomfort deepens when she¹s attacked by a stalker who thinks he¹s in love with her, and then the cops accuse her of leading the guy on by looking sexy. Even the doctor at the hospital hits on her. Her only hope: to erase her beauty by any means necessary.

A big budget, 35mm production, BEAUTIFUL is a queasy mix of body horror, sexual politics, eating disorders, self-mutilation and homicidal rage.

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