The Weight (film)
|Directed by||Jeon Kyu-hwan|
|Produced by||Kim Woo-taek
|Written by||Jeon Kyu-hwan|
|Music by||Ju Dae-gwan|
|Edited by||Kim Mi-yeong
|Distributed by||Next Entertainment World|
It made its world premiere in the Venice Days sidebar of the 69th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the 2012 Queer Lion, an award for the "best film with a homosexual and queer culture theme." It is the first Korean film to have won the prize. It also won a Special Award at the 2013 Fantasporto Orient Express Awards. Jeon Kyu-hwan was awarded Best Director at the 16th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and the Silver Peacock award for best director at the International Film Festival of India. Cho Jae-hyun won Best Actor at the 2013 Fantasia Festival.
Jung is the mortician at the morgue who has to heavily rely on medicine for his severe tuberculosis and arthritis. Despite his illness, cleansing and dressing the dead is a noble and even beautiful work to him. Jung is the last living person who silently takes care of the dead. So for him, his life at the morgue is both a reality and a fantasy while the corpses are his models and friends for his paintings, his sole living pleasure.
Born with a hunchback and left at an orphanage, Jung was adopted by a woman who hid him away in the attic only to use him as a child slave for her dress shop. The woman's own child Dong-bae is younger than Jung; she has always wanted to become a woman, loathing her own male body. While Jung feels affection and sympathy for his younger stepsister, he feels burdened by Dong-bae's struggles. Under the weight of life and death carried by the dead bodies that he faces each day coupled with his love-hate relationship with Dong-bae, Jung endures the pain and thirst that he feels like a camel crossing a desolate desert in silence. Then he quietly prepares his biggest, his last gift for his sister.
- Cho Jae-hyun - Mr. Jung / Han Hae-woon
- Park Ji-a (Zia) - Dong-bae
- Lee Jun-hyeok - man in motorcycle helmet
- Ra Mi-ran
- Ahn Ji-hye
- Oh Seong-tae
- Kim Sung-min (cameo)
- Yoon Dong-hwan (cameo)
- Darcy Paquet - minister (cameo)
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