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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

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