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Korean movies opening today 2012/04/26 in Korea

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Korean movies opening today 2012/04/26 in Korea "Spring, Snow" and documentary "Red Maria"

"Spring, Snow" (2012)

Directed by Kim Tae-gyoon-I

With Yoon Suk-hwa, Im Ji-kyu, Lee Kyung-young, Kim Ha-jin, Shim Yi-young, Kim Young-ok,...

"Spring, Snow" is a heartbreaking tale depicting the last spring days of Sun-ok's life, who must say goodbye to her family as she dies from a disease that we all fear at some point in our lives, cancer. Sun-ok, played by Yoon Suk-hwa, has dedicated her entire life to her husband and children, but they pay little attention to her and ignore her deep commitment to them up until they receive the news that she has cancer and has only a short time left to live. Though the film deals with oft-used themes like human mortality and family love, it still manages to project a deep sincerity with the bitter reality that love is hardly realized until it's not there anymore, something we don't know until it's too late.

Director Kim Tae-gyoon-I draws inspiration for "Spring, Snow" from his sister's 10-year battle with cancer. He said he wants his work to carry the paradoxical message that people can experience life's most memorable moments even during times of great suffering.

The film is also a comeback for actress Yoon Suk-hwa, after being away from the big screen for 25 years. Yoon previously appeared in the films "Nunsense", "The Last Empress" and "Agnes of God".

"Red Maria" (2011)

Directed by Kyung Soon

In Korea, Japan and The Philippines, there are many women with diverse jobs and her stories. Among them, this film focuses on women who are called housewives, sex workers, dispatched workers, migrant workers, comfort women, homeless and so on. The camera tracks them as they go about their everyday lives. These women have never met one another, and their lives look quite different from one another. However, their lives are connected across national borders by the one thing they have in common. That's their bodies and labor. How can such different forms of labor be linked to the women's bodies in such a similar way? As we search for answers to this question, we are forced to confront another question: 'the meaning of labor' as an ideology that is reproduced in society.

Director's statement
This documentary is about women's bodies and labor. In global capitalism, many women are expelled to the peripheries of society, where they are labeled housewives, sex workers, dispatched workers, migrant workers, homeless and so on. In the marginalized world of women, their bodies have special meaning. A woman's body becomes a means of labor or a commodity itself. However, sometimes, it is regarded as tainted, hence subject to moral judgement. aims to document these women's bodies that support the existence of global capitalism in the lowliest place, thereby raising the question - from the perspective of women and labor - of what it means socially to "work hard".

The 3the DMZ Korean Interantioanl Documentary Film Festival.(2011)

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