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Miss Baek (2018) - Han Ji Min & Lee Hee Joon

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WOW! This movie blew me away. The performances here are outstanding, especially by Han Ji Min! Some really heavy stuff... Hard to watch at times to be honest. But highly recommended nonetheless.

 

 

 

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Miss Baek is a South Korean drama film released there on October 11, 2018.  The director is Lee Ji-won.  This is the first movie he directed; he was assistant director on "Bungee Jumping of Their Own".  Cast includes Han Ji-min (The Age of Shadows) and Lee Hee-joon (Sea Fog).  IMDB Plot - "A woman's past as a convict follows her everywhere and because of this she doesn't open up to others.  But then she strikes up a friendship with a broken child who has suffered from domestic violence and decides to save the girl from this cruel world.  A man who holds feelings for the woman tries to protect her in his own way."  Han Ji-Min, as the ex-con, won awards for best actress at the 5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards, the 39th Blue Dragon Film Awards, the 3rd London East Asia Film Festival, and the 38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.  Info from Wikipedia.  

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The New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase will be on two weekends, February 1 -3 and 8 - 10, 2019.  "The showcase kicks off with Lee Ji-Won's Miss Baek, starring the wonderful Han Ji-min, who also serves as the festival's ambassador and will be in attendance."  More info at https://www.nyaff.org/  and https://screenanarchy.com/2019/01/crazy-broke-asians---new-york-asian-film-festival-winter-showcase-champions-the-99-miss-baek-to-open.html  

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There's an enthusiastic review of Miss Baek at https://screenanarchy.com/2019/01/new-york-asian-winter-showcase-2019-review-miss-baek-a-tough-unflinching-depiction-of-child-abuse-an.html

"Lee Ji-Won's beautifully crafted debut feature is tough and uncompromising, but also is a vibrant showcase for her impressive filmmaking and the equally impressive performance by main actresses Han Ji-min and Kim Si-ah... The performances here match the impressiveness of the filmmaking note for note.  Han Ji-min, an actress previously known for romantic films and TV dramas as well as period films such as Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow and The Age of Shadows, successfully plays against type, evocatively etching her wounded, hard-living character in every facial expression and gesture.  Kim Si-ah, a first time young actress cast from an extensive audition search, is wonderfully natural, her vivid capturing of her character's fear and helplessness, indeed her very first waif-like presence, relentlessly tugging at our heartstrings.  Miss Baek is a remarkable debut that bodes well in its director's future career."

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ScreenAnarchy has posted an interview with Han Ji-Min, star of Miss Baek, that took place at the first annual New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase in February 2019.  The interview is posted at https://screenanarchy.com/2019/02/new-york-asian-2019-interview-han-ji-min-on-challenging-society-with-miss-baek.html and, with extra content and exclusive photos, at http://www.thedivareview.com/Miss_Baek_Han_Ji-min_Exclusive_Interview.htm

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