Edited by Hong Hyun Jung
Translated by Kim Hoyeun
As the demand for diversity grows in the film industry, the Korean film industry that used to be male-dominated is gradually changing. Although there are not that many works, films like Call, The Day I Died, Vacation, and Special Delivery that put female actors like Park Shin Hye, Jeon Jong Seo, Kim Hye Soo, Shin Min Ah, and Park So Dam, at the forefront are getting ready to meet the audience. Hoping that we will get to see more female-centered stories, this article will introduce attractive female-dominated films from the past.
Girls’ Night Out (1998)
It is a debut film of director Im Sang Soo that features 90s top star, including Kang Soo Yeon, Jin Hee Kyung, and Kim Yeo Jin. The story candidly captured the sex life of three 29-year-old friends. The movie drew attention by portraying the changed sex-related cultural ideas of Korean women, who used to be passive in sex, with explicit lines and nude scenes.
Whispering Corridors (1998)
It is a debut film of director Park Ki Young and also the start of Korea’s first horror series. The movie captured the absurdity and problems of the education system within the mysterious death at a girls’ high school. It succeeded in both reviews and box office, leading to a total of five series. Many female actors, including Song Ji Hyo, Kim Ok Bin, Oh Yeon Seo, Cha Ye Ryun, and Son Eun Seo, made their face known with the series.
Take Care Of My Cat (2001)
The movie delicately captures the ordinary daily lives and worries of the five friends who just graduated from high school. You can see the rookie days of Bae Doo Na, who drew attention as a model-turned-actor at the time.
The movie candidly tells the story about the work and love of three women, from a single mother to a high school student, in their teens, 20s, and 40s who live in one house. At the time, Wonder Girls’s So Hee, also known as the “Korea’s Sister,” and Kim Min Hee, who started to be recognized for her acting with drama Goodbye, Solo, starred in the movie.
Forever the Moment (2007)
It is a rare sports film from Korean with female characters at the center. It is a touching story of female handball players who competed against Denmark in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Kim Jung Eun, Moon So Ri, and Kim Ji Young were trained for three months before filming.
The film boasted one fabulous cast that is impressive even now. Six actors, Yoon Yeo Jung, Lee Mi Sook, Ko Hyung Jung, Choi Ji Woo, Kim Min Hee, and Kim Ok Bin, starred in the movie. It’s an interesting movie that doesn’t show a clear difference between real life and acting, making the viewers feel as if they were watching a reality show.
The story takes place as an ordinary housewife go look for her high school friends after 25 years. The “80s culture” that was recreated in detail excited nostalgia for the older audience, whereas cute dance and fresh scenes appealed to the younger viewers. In all, the movie attracted 7 million viewers, making a box office success.
Venus Talk (2013)
Director Kwon Chil In, who excelled in delivering women’s psychology in Singles and Hellcats, portrayed the reality and romance of women in their 40s honestly and elegantly. In the Korean films where the friendship between men dominated the scene, the movie starring Uhm Jung Hwa, Moon So Ri, and Jo Min Soo, appeared, captivating the viewers.
The Table (2016)
The movie reflects on the various aspects of love and relationships of the generation through four relationships that have visited the same table at the same cafe. Director Kim Jong Kwan, who transforms the ordinary moment into a special moment, joined hands with Jung Yoo Mi, Han Ye Ri, Jung Eun Chae, and Im Soo Jung, drawing attention.