Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

THE ACTRESSES

South Korea, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: J-yong E

There are three kinds of people in the world - men, women and actresses.

Six ravishingly beautiful Korean movie stars make light of their professional personae in this witty, tongue-in-cheek mockumentary.

Coming together for a Vogue Magazine photo shoot, each actress - Youn Yuh-jung (Hahaha, also showing in this year's program), Lee Mi-sook (An Affair), Choi Ji-woo (Now and Forever), Ko Hyun-jung (Woman on the Beach), Kim Min-hee (Hellcats) and Kim Ok-vin (Thirst) - must try sharing a spotlight ordinarily reserved for themselves alone.

Despite being fully scripted, The Actresses exudes an ad-libbed aesthetic; director E J-yong (Untold Scandal) filmed many of the scenes using six hidden HD cameras simultaneously, and instructing his leading ladies to act as if they were in a theatre play.

“A stylish small-scale work brimming with energy.” - Screen International

D/S J-yong E P David Cho, Eunun Cho WS Showbox L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

See also...

CATERPILLAR

Japan, 2010
“This masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.” - Hollywood Reporter ... When Lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa returns home from WWII a hero - minus his four limbs - he is pra… More »

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

Sri Lanka/France, 2009
“The forces of history, of the past, the forces of nature… the forces of cinema, all come to a clash and to explode.” - filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara ... Rajith falls from the sky to find … More »

THE HOUSEMAID

South Korea, 2010
“An operatic, sensuous social satire that dares to be different from the original classic.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Controversial Korean director Im Sang-soo (A Good Lawyer's Wife, MIFF 04; The … More »

LOVE IN A PUFF

Hong Kong, 2010
“A eulogy to lung pollution, Love in a Puff makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In post-cigarette ban Hong Kong, smokers gather around rub… More »

POETRY

South Korea, 2010
Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... Filmmaker Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, MIFF 08; Oasis, MIFF 03) continues his tradition of razor-sharp social critique… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.