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Light for the Youth

SHIN Suwon

  • South Korea
  • 2019
  • 114min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • color
  • Fiction

survival / subcontract / customer call center / Hell Joseon

Synopsis 

Seyeon, a branch manager at a call center, faces a crisis at work when 19-year-old trainee June disappears, leaving his will. Mirae endeavors to enter a big company while she works as an intern. Fierce competition among job seekers leads her to deep despair. Not knowing her daughter Mirae's situation, Seyeon receives suspicious video messages from June and falls into chaos.

 

 

Program Note

The film is based on today's desperate reality and fatigue. People are working very hard, but find it hard to maintain the status quo with no room to prepare for tomorrow. Young people in the job market are swayed between a glimmer of hope and abject frustration. Carefully observing present conditions, the director depicts the drama and misfortunes of three characters in a tragedy/thriller form. June (YOON Chanyoung) is a high-school trainee at a credit card call center. He is worn out by tiring work, especially pressing people for overdue payment. All the insults and intimidation makes both callers and receivers embarrassed. Seyeon (KIM Hojung), a manager at the call center, feels gloomy about her contract worker status. Her daughter Mirae (JEONG Hadam) gets tired of jobseeking. As June leaves a will and disappears, the tragic nature in their lives come to surface. Seyeon receives mysterious text messages from June and comes closer to the bitter reality. Meanwhile, Mirae feels that there are no options in her life. In this world of doom and gloom, how can we help each other? What should we do? The film asks serious, urgent questions. [SON Sinae]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
219 2020-09-12 | 16:30 - 18:24 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 8  
505 2020-09-15 | 11:00 - 12:54 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9  

Director

  • SHIN Suwon

    Born in 1967, SHIN graduated from Seoul National University and started her career as a middle school teacher. After she studied scriptwriting at the Korea National University of Arts, she made her first feature, Passerby #3 (2010), and has directed several celebrated films since then.

Credit

  • ProducerLIM Francis C.K., LEE Sunyoung
  • Cast KIM Hojung, YOON Chanyoung, JEONG Hadam, CHOI Junyoung
  • Screenwriter SHIN Suwon
  • Cinematographer YUN Jiwoon
  • Art director KIM Youngtak
  • Editor LEE Younglim
  • Music RYU Jaeah
  • Sound KIM Soohyun

WORLD SALES

Korean Distributor / LittleBig Pictures / jdh@little-big.co.kr