The first movie in the KCC’s new “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season is a classic Shin Sang-ok film from 1959:
It’s not her sin (그 여자의 죄가 아니다)
Director: Shin Sang-ok (1959) 104 mins
Event Date: 20 July, 7:00pm
Booking: Free admission, booking essential. To reserve your place, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org 02070042600 or reserve via Eventbrite
Produced during the ‘golden age’ of Korean cinema, It’s Not Her Sin tells the story of Seong-hui, wife of the diplomat Baek Sang-ho. After shooting at her husband’s mistress, Yeong-suk, Seong-hui is arrested by the police. With the media reporting a love triangle between the three, Yeong-suk is called in for questioning. With a prosecutor and Baek Sang-ho in attendance, Yeong-suk begins to talk about her past and her relationship with Seong-hui.
With a plot echoing Korean noir films of the 1950s, It’s Not Her Sin offers a more nuanced understanding of womanhood and its circumstances. What would at first glance seem to be another entry into the ‘femme fatale’ genre, Seong-hui is instead presented as a victim of circumstance, rather than an agent of her own demise.