If You Were Me

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If You Were Me
If You Were Me film poster.jpg
Hangul
Revised Romanization Yeoseot gae-ui siseon
McCune–Reischauer Yŏsŏt kaeŭi sisŏn
Directed by Jeong Jae-eun
Im Soon-rye
Yeo Kyun-dong
Park Chan-wook
Park Jin-pyo
Park Kwang-su
Distributed by Chungeorahm
Release date(s)
  • November 14, 2003 (2003-11-14)[1]
Running time 110 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

If You Were Me is a 2003 South Korean omnibus film, comprising six short films directed by six promininent Korean directors, including Park Chan-wook.[2] Commissioned by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea for 50 million won ($39,000) each, the shorts deal with discrimination in Korea and the directors were given free rein with regards to subject and style.[3][4][5] The film has spawned three live-action sequels, as well as two animated films, which deal with similar themes.

Plot[edit]

  • "Crossing" - A disabled man on crutches hobbling along the streets of Sejongno, downtown Seoul. On paralytic actor Kim Moon-joo and disabled theatre group Hwol. Directed by Yeo Kyun-dong (The Adventures of Mrs. Park).
  • "The Man with an Affair" - A former sex criminal has been cut off by his neighbors. Raises questions about the human rights of sex offenders. Directed by Jeong Jae-eun.
  • "The Weight of Her" - A high school student must struggle to secure a job because of her undesirable appearance. Discusses discrimination against women. Directed by Im Soon-rye (Waikiki Brothers).
  • "Face Value" - Depicts work settings where job applicants are evaluated by their physical appearance in looks-obsessed Korean society. Directed by Park Kwang-su.
  • "Tongue Tied" - Korean parents’ extreme fervor for education is exposed as a child undergoes a tongue operation to enhance his ability in spoken English. Directed by Park Jin-pyo (Too Young to Die).
  • "N.E.P.A.L.: Never Ending Peace and Love" - A Nepalese woman named Chandra spends six years in a mental hospital after she was mistakenly accused of losing her mind. Tackles the human rights of foreign laborers in Korea. Directed by Park Chan-wook.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seoul Box-Office Results (2003). Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved on 23 April 2008.
  2. ^ "If You Were Me". IndieStory. 
  3. ^ Lee, Ho-jeong (19 March 2003). "Top directors tackle tough topics". Korea Joongang Daily. 
  4. ^ Park, Soo-mee (25 April 2003). "Art-house films come to Jeonju". Korea Joongang Daily. 
  5. ^ Hartzell, Adam. "Korean Movie Reviews for 2003: If You Were Me". Koreanfilm.org. 

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