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Les Pommes de terre



by Kim Sung-ok

South Korea


Les Pommes de terre

Director: Kim Sung-ok

Script: Kim Sung-ok after Kim Tong-in's work

Cinematographer: Chang Sok-jun

Editing: Kim Hui-su

Sound: Hanyang

Music: Lee Pong-jo

Cast: Park Nosik, Ho Changgang, Yun Jung-hee

Production: Taehung Cinema

Year: 1968

35 mm, Colour, 118 min, 
OV Korean with French Subtitles


With kind support of Paris' Korean Cultural Center and Taehung Cinema

Pongnyo comes from a poor family. She thinks that her marriage with the honorable Chang of noble lineage will help her family. However, her husband is a lazy widower who does not give her any money, thus forcing her to work in the forest to make a living. One day, she is raped by a construction site supervisor. He gives her some money to buy her silence and she understands how selling her body could be a final way to make a living. Little by little she becomes bolder and bolder and even makes advances to her neighbours, which provokes their wives’ fury. Her husband runs away one day, owning Chinese Wang huge debts. She becomes Wang’s mistress to pay back the debts and starts to dream of a better life. Yet, Wang leaves her to marry another woman. "The Potatoes" is adapted from a classic of Korean literature which inspired several films. This is the debut and only film by director Kim Sung-ok who got selected in competition at Locarno festival in 1970.


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