The Bacchus Lady

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The Bacchus Lady

(Jug-Yeo-Ju-Neun Yeoja)

by Lee Je-yong

South Korea


The Bacchus Lady

Director: Lee Je-yong

Screenplay: Lee Je-yong

Cinematographer: Kim Young-ro

Editor: Hahm Sung-won

Sound: Lee Seung-cheol

Music: Jang Young-gyu

Cast: Youn Yuh-jung, Chon Moo-song, Yoon Kye-sang, An A-zu, Choi Hyun-jun

Production: FAKAI Korean Academy of Film Arts
Moonkle Pictures 

ACS Distribution
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75012 PARIS
Tel.: 0033 1 43 48 65 13

Year: 2016

DCP, Color, 110 min, OV South Korean, Tagalog, English with French subtitles.

Berlin Film Festival 2016

To make a living, sixty-year-old So-young is compelled to work as a prostitute for old men. She is a “Bacchus Lady”, an aged prostitute approaching her clients with a bottle of Bacchus, a famous Korean energizing drink, asking: “will you have a drink?”. Her aging clients are scarce. They must face all kinds of problems due to old age such as cancer, Alzheimer, the feeling of deep loneliness. She meets Kopino, a Korean-Filipino mixed-race boy whose mother is in jail. He reminds her of her own son when she was a prostitute for American soldiers; she chose to leave him for adoption in the USA. With the help of her two neighbors, transgender owner Mrs. Tina and disabled young man Do-Hoon, she has to take difficult human decisions. Even if it tackles serious issues, “The Bacchus Lady” never dwells on the dark side.  It‘s a bitter-sweet comedy supported by Youn YuhYung, a famous actress in Korea.

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