Lucky Chan-sil (2019)

  • Youn Yuh-jung
  • 1h 36m
  • South Korea

In this spunky female sendup of Hong Sang-soo—the first directorial feature from his producer Kim Cho-hee—Lee Chan-sil (Kang Mal-geum) is a down-on-her-luck film producer whose longtime collaborator has died suddenly, leaving her jobless and penniless. A friend of Chan-sil’s, sympathetic to her plight, hires her to do domestic chores around her house, and soon sparks of romance fly between the young woman and her new employer’s French teacher. A smart meta-narrative on the art of filmmaking and the sacrifices it requires, Lucky Chan-sil is also a feisty, ironic “woman’s picture,” propelled by the transition from female sacrifice to female empowerment, and features a memorable supporting performance from Youn Yuh-jung as Chan-sil’s charmingly frank older landlady. A New York Asian Film Festival 2020 selection.


Kim Cho-hee





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