Beautiful (2008 film)
|Directed by||Juhn Jai-hong|
|Produced by||Kim Ki-duk
|Screenplay by||Juhn Jai-hong|
|Story by||Kim Ki-duk|
|Music by||No Hyeong-u|
|Editing by||Juhn Jai-hong|
|Distributed by||Sponge Entertainment|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Eun-yeong is a young woman who finds her beauty to be a curse, drawing unwanted attention from all kinds of men and making other women jealous. Nevertheless, she leads a relatively content life until she is raped by one of her stalkers, Seong-min, who then blames Eun-yeong for the incident, saying, "I did it because you're so beautiful". Traumatised by her attack, Eun-yeong tries to destroy her beauty, first by attempting to become obese, and when that fails by making herself unattractively thin. When her beauty does start to fade, she becomes alarmed and tries to regain it by wearing gaudy make up and revealing clothes, her behaviour increasingly destructive and unstable. A policeman, Eun-cheol, watches her downfall with pity and sympathy, but eventually he too submits to his lustful desires.
- Cha Soo-yeon ... Eun-yeong
- Lee Chun-hee ... Eun-cheol
- Choi Moo-sung ... Detective Kim
- Kim Min-soo ... Seong-min
- Lee Min ... Mi-yeon
- Bae Yong-geun ... Beauty salon boss
- Kim Seon-bin ... Working man
- Jo Seok-hyeon ... Lavatory man
- Lee Chang-min ... Police station man
Beautiful premiered in the Panorama section of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival, and was given a limited theatrical release in South Korea on February 14, 2008, where it was screened in just five Seoul theaters. As of March 31, 2008, it had received a total of 1,478 admissions, and as of April 13, it grossed US$9,840.
Beautiful won the Grand Prix at the 2008 Fukuoka Asian Film Festival.
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