301, 302

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301, 302
Korean film-301.302-01.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul ,
Hanja ,
Revised Romanization Samgongil, Samgonge
McCune–Reischauer Samgongil, Samgongi
Directed by Park Chul-soo
Written by Lee Seo-gun
Starring Bang Eun-jin
Hwang Shin-hye
Edited by Park Gok-ji
Release dates
  • 21 April 1995 (1995-04-21)
Running time
100 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

301, 302 or 301/302 is a 1995 South Korean film directed by Park Chul-soo.[1] It tells the story of two South Korean women, neighbors in the same apartment building, who take very different approaches to the difficulties of modern life; one indulges in food, sex, and spending while the other lives in self-imposed austerity.

Compulsion, a 2013 Canadian psychological thriller directed by Egidio Coccimiglio, is based on this movie.[2][3]

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The film details the relationship between two neighbours, Song-Hee a chef, and Yun-Hee an anorexic writer. After her divorce, Song-Hee moves in next door to Yun-Hee. Realising she is an anorexic, Song-Hee begins to torment Yun-Hee by offering her food, eventually forcing it upon her violently.

Both women’s pasts are explored: Yun-Hee’s sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father, butcher by trade; Song-Hee’s dysfunctional marriage, her obesity, and finally the moment she cooks her husband’s dog and feeds it to him as an act of revenge.

The film ends as Yun-Hee offers her own body to be cooked and eaten. After her death and consumption, Yun-Hee is shown living happily in Song-Hee’s apartment as a spirit. The film is told in flashback, as Song-Hee is interviewed by a detective who is investigating Yun-Hee’s disappearance.

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