Director keeps raunchy film secret from his parentsPeople thought he was joking when the director Lee Jae-yong said he would not take credit on his next film just in case his parents saw what he has been working on.
“The film is a bit naughty,” said the director known for making delightfully lubricious films such as “Untold Scandal” and “An Affair.”
But when the credits went up on the day he premiered his new film “Dasepo Girl,” a wacky black comedy based on a popular Internet comic series, they simply listed “Director Lee.”
“I was brought up in a decent family,” Lee said, grinning, at his press conference last Wednesday. “I didn’t think my parents would take [the movie] well.”
The film is basically a teenage sex comedy, but these teenagers at “Musseulmo (No Use) High School,” are very much involved in almost every kind of taboo sexual fantasy you can think of. There is the student head, a “sadistic mistress,” and vice-head, a “masochistic slave.” The pair’s daily conversations and behavior always refer to fetish scenes.
A computer nerd by day turns into a porn-addict at night and ends up in a dirty chat conversation with his father, who is pretending to be a female.
A girl named Ganan, meaning “poverty,” gets involved in wonjo gyoje, a sexual relationship between a high school girl and an older man, for money. Their homeroom teacher, by the way, is a pedophile.
Despite the crazy situation, the film is not as “promiscuous or perverted” as the original online comic series (the Internet comic version is for ages 19 and over, but the film is restricted to over 15 year olds).
The film concentrates more on fantastical exaggerations and makes some of the social problems look hilarious because you can only laugh knowing that some of the bad jokes the film makes are based on reality.
The film makes fun of the rich, and sympathizes with the girl becoming involved in wonjo gyoje, blaming the social environment instead of her.
The fun of the movie is that the cartoon-like characters look as delightful as the characters in the comic series.
The bad news is, however, that besides its unbridled raunchiness, the film has little else to offer ― unless you didn’t expect Korean society to be open enough to talk about its stereotypes.
by Lee Min-a, Koo Hee-na
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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