The Bacchus Lady (Juh-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)


Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 7, 2016 3:15 PM
Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 11, 2016 2:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:South Korea
Running Time:110 min.
Director:E J-yong
Producer:Suh Dong-hyun
Screenwriter:E J-yong
Cinematographer:Kim Young-ro
Editor:Hahm Sung-won
Cast:Yeo-jeong Yoon
Print Source:M-Line Distribution
Note Writer:David Fear


They’re called “Bacchus grannies”—geriatric South Korean women who solicit sex from strangers by offering them energy drinks as an invitation to intimacy. It’s not the easiest life, but for sexagenarian So-young (Yeo-jeong Yoon) and her elderly clients, the encounters are one last chance to connect in the dog days of their autumn years. Lately, So-young has forged a different kind of connection, taking in a young boy (Choi Hyun-jun) while his mother is in jail. E J-yong’s film focuses on So-young and her colorful neighbors in the courtyard of a low-rent apartment block, marginalized people in a country where money is everything and there is no social safety net for the elderly. Anchored by a compelling, poignant central performance and featuring the most heartbreaking rendition of ABBA’s “Fernando” ever, this socially conscious character study blends drama and humor, leaving no heartstring unplucked.

Additional Information

E J-Yong graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts in 1991.His feature debut An Affair(1998), was a unique melodrama that introduced minimalism in his visual and emotive style, which continued to Korean-Japanese made film Asako In Ruby Shoes(2000). Films Untold Scandal (2003), Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006), The Actresses (2009) and Behind the Camera (2012) followed, all receiving favorable reviews at Berlinale for his new attempts at blurring the boundary of fiction and nonfiction. Well-reviewed human drama My Brilliant Life (2014), featuring top stars Gang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo, details the struggles of a young couple whose son suffers from progeria. E J-Yong is known to be one of the representative stylists in the Korean film industry, boasting a diverse array of works in his filmography that freely cross over the boundaries between controlled, beautiful visuals and a chic presentation of ideas.