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The Bacchus Lady (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

E J Yong (Director) | Yoon Yeo Jeong (Actor) | Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Jeon Moo Song (Actor)
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Director E J Yong (My Brilliant Life) depicts the sorrow and helplessness of struggling senior citizens in the thought-provoking The Bacchus Lady. Starring veteran actress Yoon Yeo Jeong (Canola), the acclaimed drama reflects on the meaning of life through the story of an old woman who resorts to prostitution. After its premiere at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the film was screened at various film festivals including the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.

To make ends meet, 65-year-old So Young (Yoon Yeo Jeong) becomes a "Bacchus Lady," an aged prostitute who sells energy drink to male clients along with sexual services. While seeking treatment for gonorrhea, she witnesses her doctor getting attacked by his Filipino lover, who is sent to jail leaving behind their illegitimate son. So Young takes care of the little boy with the help of her outcast neighbors including her transgender landlady and a disabled figurine maker (Yoon Kye Sang, Minority Opinion). After finding out that So Young helped a paralyzed client end his life, former patron Jae Woo (Jeon Moo Song, Curtain Call) also asks her to assist in his suicide and save him from loneliness.

This edition comes with special features including commentary, making-of, character introduction and trailers.

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Product Title: The Bacchus Lady (DVD) (Korea Version) The Bacchus Lady (DVD) (韓國版) The Bacchus Lady (DVD) (韩国版) バッカス・レディ (DVD) (韓国版) 죽여주는 여자 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 神女觀音 / 酒神小姐 神女观音 / 酒神小姐
Artist Name(s): Yoon Yeo Jeong (Actor) | Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Jeon Moo Song (Actor) 尹汝貞 (Actor) | 尹 繼尚 (Actor) | 全茂松 (Actor) 尹汝贞 (Actor) | 尹 继尚 (Actor) | 全茂松 (Actor) ユン・ヨジョン (Actor) | ユン・ゲサン (GOD) (Actor) | チョン・ムソン (Actor) 윤여정 (Actor) | 윤 계상 (Actor) | 전무송 (Actor)
Director: E J Yong 李在容 李在容 イ・ジェヨン 이재용
Release Date: 2017-08-14
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Art Service
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1061215181

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죽여주는 여자 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format:아나몰픽 1.85:1
*Sound Mix:한국어 돌비 디지털 5.1
- 이재용감독, 윤여정, 씨네21 김도훈기자 코멘터리
- 죽여드릴게요[메이킹 필름]
- 소영의 친구를 소개합니다
- 30초 예고편
- 메인 예고편


- 이재용 감독, 윤여정 배우, 씨네21 김도훈기자의 코멘터리 수록!
어디에서도 볼 수 없었던 화끈한 3인의 거침없는 비하인드 입담을 들어보자.
- 성을 사고 파는 노인들, 그리고 그들의 삶과 죽음
노인 문제, 트렌스젠더, 장애 등 우리 사회가 들려다 보려 하지 않는 소외된 삶을 진지하지만 담담하게 들여다보는 영화
- 윤여정, ‘죽여주는 여자’가 되다!
만날 때마다 새로운 시도, 영화 친구. 윤여정과 이재용 감독의 세 번째 만남!
- 전 세계가 반했다! 제66회 베를린국제영화제 공식 초청, 제20회 몬트리올판타지아국제영화제 각본상, 여우주연상 수상
- 화려함과 낡음이 공존하는 서울 로케이션
오랜 역사와 사연을 가진 종로 탑골공원, 장충단 공원 그리고 이태원

“나랑 연애하고 갈래요? 잘 해 드릴게”

종로 일대에서 노인들을 상대하며 근근이 살아가는 65세의 ‘박카스 할머니’ 소영.
노인들 사이에서는 ‘죽여주게 잘 하는’ 여자로 입 소문을 얻으며 박카스들 중에서 가장 인기가 높다. 트랜스젠더인 집주인 티나, 장애를 가진 가난한 성인 피규어 작가 도훈, 성병 치료 차 들른 병원에서 만나 무작정 데려온 코피노 소년 민호 등 이웃들과 함께 힘들지만 평화로운 나날을 보낸다. 그러던 중, 한 때 자신의 단골 고객이자, 뇌졸중으로 쓰러진 송노인으로부터 자신을 죽여달라는 간절한 부탁을 받고 죄책감과 연민 사이에서 갈등하다 그를 진짜 '죽여주게' 된다.
그 일을 계기로 사는 게 힘들어 죽고 싶은 고객들의 부탁이 이어지고, 소영은 더 깊은 혼란 속에 빠지게 된다.

By 감독 이재용
인간 수명 100세 시대, 이것은 과연 우리에게 축복일까 재앙일까?
한국의 독거노인 빈곤율과 노인 자살율은 OECD 국가 중 가장 높다. 한때 한국 경제 발전의 주역이었던 이 노년 세대는 사회가 떠안아야 할 부담으로 혹은 복지의 사각지대에 놓인 투명인간으로 전락해 버리고 말았다. 이 영화는 앞으로 10년 안에 노인 인구가 20%를 넘는 초고령 사회로 접어드는 한국에서 외롭고 아프고 가난한 노인들이 맞닥뜨릴 냉엄한 현실과 그들에게 다가올 죽음에 대한 이야기다. 오래된 구 도심과 신시가지가 공존하고 있는 거대도시 서울. 구 도심은 경제가 약진하는 속도에 맞춰 빠르게 사라져 가고 있는 중이다. 곧 없어질 낡은 서울의 상징 같은 오래 된 공원, 가난과 소외 속에 곧 죽어갈 운명인 노인들을 닮은 그 공원에서 70살이 가깝도록 몸을 팔며 살아가는 가난한 여자를 통해 우리 모두에게 닥쳐올 노년과 죽음에 대해서 진지하게 생각해 보고자 한다. 그리고 이제 곧 없어질 낡은 서울과 그 안에서 부유하듯 살아가는 소수자들의 모습을 타임캡슐처럼 기록하고자 했다. 또한 사회가 개인을 책임지지 못 할 때, 연민과 공감으로 행하는 ‘조력자살’이 부도덕하기만 한 것인지에 대한 고민 또한 던져보고자 한다.
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August 21, 2017

The Twilight Years
Bacchus is a popular South Korean energy drink brand that's similar to Red Bull. The term "Bacchus lady," however, carries far more loaded meaning, referring to aged prostitutes who sell the energy drinks along with sexual services. This phenomenon of elderly women who turn to prostitution in order to get by in their latter years, and the lonely clients who seek their company, serves as the subject of E J Yong's remarkable drama The Bacchus Lady.

Respect for elders is known to be an important part of Korean culture, and there is still a widespread social expectation that adult children are to provide for their parents in old age. However, in an aging, changing Korea, just social expectations of traditional family structures and filial responsibilities are not enough to meet the financial and emotional needs of the senior population. Thus, we have Bacchus ladies like the film's down-to-earth protagonist So Young, who has no family and gets by through her own means. And we have So Young's customers, elderly men who gather in parks and plazas in search of company and conversation. In one of the film's quietly shocking turns, So Young also begins helping loneliness- and illness-stricken patrons end their own lives.

Though the film's subject matter is somber, Bacchus Lady maintains a level-headed and straightforward tone that makes the film itself surprisingly calm and even lighthearted at times. It's hard to imagine anyone but Yoon Yeo Jeong in the role of So Young, who faces life's difficulties straight on and spends no time feeling sorry for herself. Her hardships and the hardships of her acquaintances are relayed in a sobering and realistic manner, but without any deliberate melodrama or tear-jerking contrivances.

Besides dealing with her and her clients' troubles, So Young takes on the extra responsibility of looking after a half-Filipino boy whose mother is in jail. She enlists the help of her neighbors, a disabled man (Yoon Kye Sang) and a transgender woman (Jeon Moo Song), for babysitting, and soon a makeshift family forms. This bond serves as a welcome beacon of warmth in the film, while also casting light on other marginalized groups.

After the competent but typically commercial My Brilliant Life, E J Yong returns to top form with The Bacchus Lady. The film carries forth a strong social message in its portrayal of the grave problems faced by an elderly population that has been left behind, but it does not proselytize or make overt grabs for sympathy. Instead, the film calmly drives in its message through its frank, empathetic depiction of a marginalized cross-section of society that is so close by, yet so easily overlooked.

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