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Worst Woman (2015) – FILM REVIEW

Worst Woman (2015): tells the story of an aspiring actress named Eun-Hee played by actress Han Yeri who is struggling with her dating life. She meets a Japanese novelist who is lost and helps him find his way. The story takes place in a scenic area of seoul, where many unexpected truths unfold.

The London East Asian Film Festival screening of Worst Woman took place at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art and was followed by a Q&A with the director Kim Jong Kwan 김종콴 along with actors; Han Yeri 한예리 (Age of Youth) and Kwon Yool  권율(Let’s fight Ghost).

If you’re looking for a chill movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon ‘Worst Woman’ is your best choice. The movie revolved around four characters who have many interactions throughout the span of a day. The film started off slow, however it quickly picked up its pace and stayed true to its Indie production. The characters all brought an element of hilarity in their personalities,  and showed that you don’t need numerous characters to make a successful film. The actors gave us an insight of  what  it’s like to be a struggling writer, actress and actor. There were moments where the audience would laugh from scenes that were crafted so well; especially the language barrier between Ryohei and Eun Hee. Han Yeri spoke so eloquently in the little English that she knew, but pulled it off in a cute and intriguing manner. She mentioned in the Q&A that the director wanted them to be as natural as possible, and that they only had one session for the English speaking parts; however she stated that it was quite easy to memorise.

She also explained that she wanted her character to act as the audience would like her to be portrayed. It felt as the movie had come full circle, which made the ending even more satisfying. The issues that they had, had finally became clear to them. The relation between Eun Hee and Ryohei were based on kindness and truth; even though they both lied in their respective professions, the audience felt they they were more closer than any of her other relations – despite having only met on two occasions.                     

We definitely applaud director Kim Jong Kwan for using such beautiful scenes and an overall creative aesthetic. This can especially be said for the scenes wherein the characters drink coffee at numerous cafes. The camera work gave the audience a birds-eye view, and left a great impression. A member of the audience asked the director why he used coffee and tea so many times, and whether or not it was a coincidence. The director answered that he used liquids so that the actors could rest after walking for such long distances. For example, the Japanese novelist was lost in the morning looking for his publisher, he walked and walked. Once he finally found where he needed to be, he kept walking throughout the day meeting different people. In the case of Eun Hee, she walked up and down Namsan Tower. The director explained that they need refuelling after all the rigorous exercise that they went through. He mentioned that Eun Hee only had a piece of bread and coffee. The audience were impressed with his thought process and commended his skills of making a great film.

We asked Actor Kim Yool what it was like playing a sinister and cold actor in ‘Lets Fight Ghost’ to a smooth talking and self obsessed celebrity,  in the ‘Worst Woman’. He answered that he tried to follow the script to the best of his abilities, and made sure to bring out which ever side of him is needed;  if a comical side of him appears it because that’s what truly in him already. He joked that he practiced by goofing around in front of the mirror at home.

Overall the movie had a sweet and comical feel to it, the audience was throughly engaged throughout. The duration of the movie was just perfect!  The plot could have been a little more solid but we are not complaining.

Would we recommend this movie? Yes we would!

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Nabila Abib

An avid reader, constant day dreamer, and an occasional writer. If it’s Korean, I want to know about it! Walking K-film and K-drama dictionary. Has a soft spot for K-indie music.

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