|Directed by||Kim Ho-joon|
|Written by||Kim Ho-joon|
|Distributed by||Show East|
|Running time||108 minutes|
Jenny, Juno is a 2005 South Korean romantic film written and directed by Kim Ho-joon. The film was released to South Korea February 18, 2005 and pulled in a total of 289,829 admissions.
The plot centers around the relationship of a 15-year-old couple, Jenny (Park Min-ji) and Juno (Kim Hye-sung), who meet in school. Jenny is a smart, bright and pretty girl. Juno is cute, cool and good at sports, and just got transferred from another school. When Jenny discovers that she is pregnant, she and Juno decide against having an abortion, opting for parenthood instead. Juno starts delivering newspapers to earn additional money to buy the food that Jenny desires. Juno strives to carry out the duties of a good father, and always stays at Jenny's side, taking care of Jenny's nutrition for the sake of their baby. Jenny becomes jealous due to her condition and gets into a mishap with Pyoy, a girl trying to flirt with Juno. Juno breaks up the fight and asks Jenny to never do that again because of worry for their baby. They even go to places for pregnant women, practise an exercise for pregnant mothers and spend their time together at school and outside. They go out one day a date and take a boat out on a lake, but the ropes that bound the boat are lost and they are left stranded. They try to seek help but there is no mobile phone connection. They wait there until midnight, when a fisherman arrives and sends both of them back home. Jenny gets scolded by her mother for returning late. They try to conceal the pregnancy from their families for as long as possible, but the truth is revealed eventually when Jenny's middle sister finds out about her pregnancy. Jenny and Juno tell their parents about her pregnancy, but they do not approve. Jenny is scheduled to be sent to the U.S. where her eldest sister lives, but her parents refuse to allow the two to meet anymore. The two get married later in the month with the assistance of their classmates. One day, Juno's friend tells him that Jenny is confirmed to be sent to U.S. None of them however can reach her. Juno keeps waiting in front of Jenny's home to meet her but her mother and sister keep avoiding him. Juno then follows Jenny's sister, and because she cannot bear his sadness, she tells him that Jenny was in the mansion. When Juno finds her, Jenny's water breaks and she is then rushed to the hospital, and gives birth to a boy. In the last scene, Jenny is pushing Juno to study hard so that he can get a place in a top university. Their son is cared for by Jenny's mother.
Im Dong-jin...Jenny's Father
Kim Ja-ok...Jenny's Mother
Seo Min-jung...Jenny's Sister
Kang Nam-gil...Juno's Father
Lee Eung-kyung...Juno's Mother
Ahn Sun-Young...Jenny's & Juno's Teacher
Shim Eun-Jin...Jenny's Friend
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The film's subject matter provoked intense discussion in the media upon its release in South Korea. Although there is no sex scene between the protagonists, the film was initially given a rating of 18+, but this was lowered to 15+ upon appeal. Critics expressed concerns that the film's presentation of teenage pregnancy was unrealistic, in that Jenny is from a well-to-do, secure family that is able to support her decision, and that this might send the wrong message to less fortunate teens. Kim Ho-joon, the film's director, responded to this criticism by stating:
Jenny and Juno are certainly wayward children who should have never done a thing they did for their age. But it was an accident that they made the mistake and their love is in a way innocent. What should be really criticized is not the couple but adults who only say 'no.' This film shows how they make a mistake but how we should take responsibility.
Similarities to Juno
There are several similarities of Jenny, Juno to the 2007 American comedy film Juno, which also deals with teenage pregnancy and features a character with the name Juno (a girl). The film's screenwriter, Diablo Cody, commented on the coincidence in October 2007, stating that she had been unaware of the existence of Jenny, Juno prior to her own film's release. She said that, although she had not previously watched Jenny, Juno, she is now is interested in seeing it.
- Yang, Sung-jin. (February 15, 2005). "Debate rages on teen pregnancy in 'Jenny, Juno'." The Korea Herald. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
- Lee, Seung-Jae. (February 10, 2005). "A Clueless Fantasy of Parenthood." DongA.com. Retrieved December 20, 2007.