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Song Hye-go’s Fetish finally gets a release
by | November 16, 2010 | 27 Comments

It’s been a long time coming, but Song Hye-gyo’s U.S.-Korean co-production Make Yourself At Home — the new title for the project known for a while as Fetish — will finally be released for a theatrical run at home in Korea, two years after it was produced. (It first screened at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2008.)

Though initially touted by Korean media as Song’s “Hollywood debut,” Song herself stated that that’s an exaggeration; she was merely drawn to the interesting concept and character, and thought it would be a good experience.

The plot has Song Hye-gyo playing a woman who marries into a Korean-American family and moves to New Jersey, where she seems restrained and bullied by her mother-in-law. After her husband dies, she connects with her neighbors, an attractive Caucasian couple, John and Julie. Based on the trailer, which you can watch below, it looks like the result is that Julie gets (so to speak) Single White Female-d by Song — or, given the ethnicities at play, I guess you could call it Asian Fetish-ed. (Groan. It pains me to realize that the “Fetish” of the title is not some metaphorical or philosophical allusion but a literal usage.) The copy on the Korean poster reads, “…Can I really borrow this?”

The movie incorporates a supernatural element (Song’s descended from shamans) in an effort to take this thriller premise to another level. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have done that terribly successfully; Hollywood trade rag Variety called it “initially intriguing,” but “pretentious” with “stilted” performances and a tepid narrative.

But Korean viewers will get a chance to see it in theaters on November 25.

Immediately below is the trailer for the movie. Below that is Song Hye-gyo talking about her role (sorry, it’s unsubtitled) at the 13th Pusan International Film Festival.

Via, Variety


27 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. brookeeve

    Well, that’s… weird.

  2. pepermint_jen19

    Finally…….It gets a release date….I guess it got a weird plot but horror films nowadays has weird plot so i guess it will be fun to watch….oh well gotta watch it since my fave actress is in it….;)

  3. cAtatonic Stupor

    Yey!!!!finally….a chance to see SHG…miss her so much…looking forward to this….

  4. linn

    look great. can’t wait

  5. belleza

    “moves to New Jersey”

    The horror, the horror

    • 5.1 manali

      ha ha XD

  6. snow

    why am i not surprised by “stilted” performances? hmmm…

  7. nina

    miss her. hope can watch this movie.

  8. zero2303

    “stilted” performances seem very appropriate for SHK acting.

    I rate her acting on par with KTH. ha..ha..

  9. sky

    she is better than KTH.

  10. 10 Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but that bright, red lip stick looks ridiculous on her… which is weird because I would’ve thought she could pull it off.

  11. 11 Carinne

    Who’s imitating who? Looking forward to a twisted plot. Is there such a fetish in Korea to fantasize as an American, or vice versa? Maybe this film will dissolve several hungry appetites.

  12. 12 Bloop

    That looks really good actually….

  13. 13 hellochloe

    It’s a horror film? >__<

  14. 14 sora

    yayyy finally

  15. 15 jfc

    It will be interesting to see how it will do at the box office in Korea. It seems like her films don’t do too well? Isn’t Hyun Bin’s movie with Tang Wei opening on the same day? also, Ghost as well. The poster looks awful, and the subject matter…blech! I wish her success, though. Anticipating her other film more.

  16. 16 F4r4H

    SHK always beautiful I love that

  17. 17 May

    I’m kinda confused at what this movie is trying to do, but oh well. I won’t be watching it, so I guess it doesn’t matter too much.

    new question… Is this is Korean or English? LOL.

  18. 18 Stephanie

    It looks kinda good but I’ve got a prejudice against international collabs AND the summary of the plot is just too weird.

  19. 19 belleza

    Vaguely recalls Tale of Two Sisters, except that one of the sisters looks like a hipster. This movie will be frightening, but ironically so.

  20. 20 TJ

    Asian girls for hire!

  21. 21 Sere

    Er, I was hoping the theme wasn’t that fetish. Bummer!

    Btw, that house, isn’t it the same one where Never forever with Ha Jeong-woo and Vera Farminga was filmed? Maybe not. Umm. It kinda looks like it? Ok, no, I’m probably hallucinating

  22. 22 Casie J.


    I cringed when reading that “Fetish” would be taken literally.

  23. 23 LadyIgraine

    it looks scary, but yes…i’ve seen something similar before.

  24. 24 bd


    Even U.S.-Korean co-productions are getting into the Hollywood Asian stereotype game.

    And gee, SHG looks horrible in the poster (which is hard to do).

  25. 25 anon

    Any word from someone who saw this movie on how it was????

  26. 26 blahblahh

    watched this few days ago. in short, this indie movie misses its mark. horror-thriller but not exactly that. i think it’s supposed to be gripping but it’s not. anyhow i watched it for SHK. lets say that imho she improves slightly.

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