Lee Seon-kyun and Jung Yumi in Oki’s Movie
Lee Seon-kyun (Pasta) and Jung Yumi (Que Sera Sera) are two of my favorite drama actors, so naturally my interest was piqued to see that they are starring in a film together, called Oki’s Movie. It comes from director Hong Sang-soo, who won a prize at Cannes earlier this year in the Un Certain Regard category for his film Ha Ha Ha.
Already this new movie has been invited to another film festival, the 67th Venice International Film Festival, into its competitive “Orizzonti” section. According to the festival, it is “the Venice International Film Festival’s most innovative section, a veritable documentary array of contemporary cinema in all its forms of expression.”
A four-fold story develops around the three main characters, intertwined into one overall structure. The film is described as “candid and funny” with an “unconventional format.”
The movie stars Jung Yumi as the titular Oki (more traditionally spelled Ok-hee), an ordinary film student. Her classmate Jin-gu (Lee Seon-kyun) likes her and confesses his feelings for her in one of the stills below (he follows her all the way up the mountainside and gets drunk on makgulli), but her response is a vague “Thank you so liking me so much.”
Their film department professor Moon Sung-geun is the third character who has a good relationship with Oki and treats her nicely, all the while getting the evil eye from Jin-gu. (That is too cute.)
Jin-gu decides to try again at Christmas dinner and waits outside her place, but she doesn’t show up till dawn. Finding that he has spent the night there, she scolds him for waiting all this while.
Oki’s Movie is scheduled to release in Korea on September 16.