KIM CHO-HEE

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Screenshot from Winner's Interview at the 2019 BIFF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqH2JjQzl9E 

Kim Cho-Hee (김초희) was born in Busan, South Korea in 1975. She studied French Literature at Busan University, and she pursued her master’s degree in Film Theory at the Université de Paris, Panthéon Sorbonne. She was the producer for many of Hong Sang-Soo’s films from 2008 to 2015. Before directing her first feature film, she directed short films such as Ladies of the Forest, a comedy starring Youn Yuh-Jung. This film follows a woman from another planet who comes to Earth to find her husband. Kim works with Youn Yuh-Jung again and continues to play with fantastical elements in her first feature film, Lucky Chan-sil (2019).

Lucky Chan-sil is loosely inspired by Kim’s own period of crisis after she quit her job as a producer. The film is about Chan-sil, a film producer who is left unemployed after the death of a famous director with whom she had collaborated for almost all of her career. The film explores friendship, resilience, and the search for happiness. Lucky Chan-sil premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and won the KBS Independent Film Award, the CGV Arthouse Award, and a DGK Award. The film also played at the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival (MMFF) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kim revealed during the Q&A with the MMFF (click here for video) that she is currently working on a commercial romantic comedy film and is adapting one of her screenplays into a TV show (as of April 2021). 

FILMOGRAPHY

Winter Pianist (short film, 2011) 

Our Sooni (short film, 2013) 

Ladies of the Forest (short film, 2017)

Lucky Chan-sil (2019)

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Screenshot from Winner's Interview at the 2019 BIFF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqH2JjQzl9E 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

“BIFF Archive 24th Busan International Film Festival .” Busan International Film Festival, www.biff.kr/eng/html/archive/arc_history_3.asp?pyear=2019. 

Chen, Jackie. “Review: ‘Lucky Chan-Sil’ Displays Burdens of Female Expectations in Korean Society.” Cinema Escapist, Cinema Escapist, 10 Sept. 2020, www.cinemaescapist.com/2020/09/review-lucky-chan-sil-movie/.

Choi, Ji-Won. “Indie Film 'Lucky Chan-Sil' Wishes Dreamers Well.” The Korea Herald, 18 Feb. 2020, www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200218000766. 

“KIM Cho-Hee.” Korean Film Biz Zone, www.koreanfilm.or.kr/eng/films/index/peopleView.jsp?peopleCd=10003590. 

Paquet, Darcy. “LUCKY CHAN-SIL.” Far East Film Festival, Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche, 2020, www.fareastfilm.com/eng/film/lucky-chan-sil/?IDLYT=7505. 

Tan, Levin. “NYAFF 2020 Review: Lucky Chan-Sil.” Filmed in Ether, Filmed in Ether, 4 Sept. 2020, www.filmedinether.com/reviews/lucky-chan-sil-nyaff-2020/.

To cite this biofilmography, please use this reference: Ko, Emily (2021) "Kim Cho-Hee's biofilmography" Gynocine Project, Barbara Zecchi, ed.