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Kim Ji-young: Born 1982 + Introduction by Sarah Shin

woman sitting in her utility room in front of the washing machine

Based on Cho Nam-joo’s landmark novel out now in the UK, the London Korean Film Festival and Barbican present Kim Ji-young, Born 1982

KIM Ji-young is an ordinary Korean woman in her 30s, struggling to cope as a full-time mum and housewife. Although being married to the man she loves and raising a baby girl have proved to be more challenging than expected, Ji-young believes she is utterly content.

However, her husband, Dae-hyeon is worried about her. He turns to a psychiatrist as life appears to hit Ji-young harder than she realises, as she switches personas to mimick her mother, as well as her best friend who died while giving birth, and her late grandmother.

The riveting drama Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 raises questions about the societal role of modern women that have proved to be relevant across cultural boundaries.

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2019 South Korea Dir Kim Do-Young 120 min

Co-curated by the Barbican & the London Korean Film Festival

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