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Jealousy Is My Middle Name

PARK Chan-ok

  • South Korea
  • 2002
  • 125min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • color

SYNOPSIS

Graduate school student Won-sang finds employment at a publisher's where the chief editor is the married man who stole his girlfriend's heart. As he gets closer to the insightful editor Yoon-shik, Won-sang feels both jealousy and admiration towards him. Won-sang falls for Sung-yeon, a veterinary surgeon and photographer working part-time for the publisher, but as she and Yoon-shik get intimate, their relationship enters into a new phase.

PROGRAM NOTE

The film begins and ends with a third-person’s (bird’s eye) viewpoint that witnesses the moment a hardened heart pushes others away—except for the prologue and epilogue. This moment, which may be nothing more than a landscape for some, presupposes a moment of affect. The affected mind brings another into our life.
Deficiency drives the mind. When Won-sang hears the piano played by Yoon-shik, who is way out of his league, he gets in a flap. Then he commits himself to Yoon-shik’s life. The film follows Won-sang’s emotional path with long horizontal camera movements that circle the figure on its axis, followed by Won-sang’s proposal and Yoonsik’s acceptance. Compassion and temperament are also variable in places.
The film tries to capture what is and is not, what causes what, state, cause, and condition persist throughout. It is uncompromising and rigid in that it does not borrow from any external archetype. “So everything you said to me, everything you did, was because of the editor-in-chief?” Wonsang can’t answer Sung-yeon’s question. The two cannot answer, but the film testifies to their moments in the past with music, long sidetracking, and a subsequent long shot. “You will do well.” A brief moment of liberation without deficiency where they feel sorry for and cheer on each other. [LEE Wanmin]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
230 2023-08-26 | 19:00 - 21:05 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3  PE
513 2023-08-29 | 16:30 - 18:35 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5  

Director

  • PARK Chan-ok

    Born in 1968. Park Chan-ok studied film at Hanyang University. She began her career in the independent film scene with film group and film production company, “Generation Blue Films.” Her first feature film, Jealousy Is My Middle Name (2002), received critical acclaim and numerous prestigious awards including the Tiger Award of IFF Rotterdam and the New Currents Award of BIFF. Park’s unique gaze of the world, delicately explores human relationships and the human nature and emotions revealed through such relationships.

Credit

  • Producer신창길, 김조광수 SHIN Chang-gil, KIMJHO Gwangsoo
  • Cast 박해일, 문성근, 배종옥, 서영희 PARK Hae-il, MOON Sung-keun, BAE Jong-ok, SEO Younghee
  • Screenwriter 박찬옥 Park Chan-ok
  • Cinematographer 박용수 Park Yong-soo
  • Editor 박찬옥, 권기숙 Park Chan-ok, Kwon Ki-sook
  • Sound 이규석 Lee Kyu-seok

CONTACT

KT alpha | KWON Sunghan | sunghan.kwon@kt.com