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A Perm



As soon as Loan arrives in Korea from Vietnam to live with her Korean husband, her mother-in-law takes her to a beauty salon first and lets her get a perm.

Asian women who come to Korea to marry Korean men are forced to become Korean women as soon as they get to Korea. Their Korean families teach them how to live as a mother-in-law, a wife and a mother. This is related to a Korean myth, which says that once women get married, they must be loyal to their husbands’ family. Why do Koreans compel those from other countries to follow this myth even though Korean women are not willing to accept it?



Korea, republic of
Born in 1971, Seoul
Graduated from Myongji Univ., Dept. of English Linguistics & Literature
Currently working as an actress

2005 [Nineteen, Twenty] DV 6mm, color, 25min.
2006 [Sweet Dreams] DV 6mm, color, 25min.
2009 [A Perm] HD, color, 18’36”
Screening / Award history:
Competition, Human Rights Fim Festival : This Human World (2010, Austria)
Filmfest Hamburg 2010 (2010, Germany)
Jeongdongin Independent Film&Video Festival (2010, Korea)
11th Daegu Independent Short Film Festival (2010, Korea)
10th Seoul International NewMedia Festival (2010, Korea)
Competition, Syracuse Int'l Film Festival (2010, USA)
Molise Short Film Festival (2010, Italy)
Int'l Competition, 16th Damascus Int’l Film Festival (2010, Syria)
8th Vladivostok Int'l Film Festival of Asia Pacific countries (2010, Russia)
Int'l Short Film in Competition, 6th Monterrey Int'l Film Festival (2010, Mexico)
21st Sao Paulo Int'l Short Film Festival (2010, Brazil)
Competition, 59th Melbourne Int'l Film Festival (2010, Australia)
Competition, 9th Mise-en-scene’s Short Film Festival (2010, Korea)
Jury Award in Int'l Competition, 26th Hamburg Int’l Short Film Festival (Germany, 2010)
Int'l Competition, 33rd Norwegian Short Film Festival (2010, Norway)
12th International Women's Film Festival (2010, Korea)
Short Competition, 60th Berlin Int'l Film Festival (2010, Germany)
Competition, 35th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2009, Korea)
Wide Angle, 14th Pusan Int’l Film Festival (2009, Korea)