Screening of "The Bacchus Lady" and Conversation with Director E J-Yong

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00pm

Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA)
900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Outside the Box [Office] and The USC Korean Studies Institute invite you and a guest to a special screening of The Bacchus Lady.

Written & Directed by E J-Yong
Produced by Suh Dong-Hyun

Followed by a Q&A with E J-Yong
Moderated by Youngmin Choe, Associate Professor of Korean Visual Culture, USC Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

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RSVPs are required. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

About the film
Youn So-young has contracted gonorrhea. "Make me well again quickly" she tells her gynecologist, because she wants to get back to work. In a park in Seoul, this senior citizen manages to scrape together just enough money as a 'Bacchus lady' to avoid begging. 'Bacchus ladies' are elderly women who sell a popular soft drink containing taurine known as 'Bacchus' and offer sexual services on the side. Korea’s rapidly ageing society barely has any money left for its pensioners and poverty among the elderly is soaring. When little Min-ho’s mother is detained by the police, So-young takes him in. The boy, who only speaks Filipino, experiences a rather unique sort of patchwork family in this courtyard peopled, alongside So-young, by her transgender neighbor and a one-legged young man. Many of So-young’s aged former clients and friends can no longer see a way out of their situation. One after the other, they ask this laconic lady, who for years has been harboring a secret, for one last favor.
Not rated. Running time: 110 minutes. In Korean, with English subtitles.

About the Guests
E J-Yong (Writer, Director)

Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1966, he studied Turkish at Hankuk University in Seoul. Upon graduation, he went on to study film at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His short film HOMO VIDEOCUS, made in collaboration with Daniel Byun, has won awards at international festivals. He made his directorial debut in 1998 with AN AFFAIR. His films UNTOLD SCANDAL, DASEPO NAUGHTY GIRLS, THE ACTRESSES and BEHIND THE CAMERA, all screened in the Berlinale Panorama. The celebrity-filled drama MY BRILLIANT LIFE (2014) won an audience award at the Far East Film Festival in Udine.

Youngmin Choe (Moderator)

Youngmin Choe is Associate Professor of Korean Visual Culture in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC. Her teaching and research interests focus on Korean film and culture, trans-Asian cinema, contemporary East Asian visual cultural studies, and tourism studies. She has authored a number of publications on Korean cinema, Hallyu and tourism, including the books Tourist Distractions: Traveling and Feeling in Transnational Hallyu Cinema (2016, Duke University Press) and The Korean Popular Culture Reader (2014, co-edited with Kyung Hyun Kim).

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Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

This event is supported by the Laboratory Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2015-LAB-2250002).


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Arts, Film Screening, Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus




Free and open to the public

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