Based on a novel by Choi In Ho which was considered a symbol of youth culture, Lee Jang HoIt was a fairly successful first production feature film, receiving numerous awards including Best New Director awards at the 1974 Grand Bell Awards, and the 1975 Baeksang Art Awards where it also won Best Cinematography, prior to its screening in Berlin.
The story is told in a non-linear fashion, and focuses on Kyeong-ah, a young, beautiful and naive girl who finds herself taken advantage of by a number of men and the urban environment in which she lives. At first, she is just a happy young woman who works in an office and maintains a relationship with a co-worker. However, his pressure to have premarital sex puts her under so much pressure that she has become an alcoholic. The two eventually divorce, and she then ends up married to a rather wealthy widower, John, only to find herself living in the villa with his young daughter and a maid. However, the man is still deeply traumatized by the death of his ex-wife, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kyeong-ah, as the house was essentially a perverted temple to her. The couple eventually managed to get over their issues, but then Ann-John learned about her past and left it. The third man is Dong-heon, a savage pimp who turns her into a bar hostess, essentially signaling a downhill spiral to her death. During this time, she met the only painter Moon Ho, as the film had already begun with their meeting. Dong-heon is smitten with her, but her past and general mentality don’t seem to weigh her down at any point.
Lee Jang Ho He directs a film about young women, mainly highlighting how women in the country, in the seventies as much as before, are completely dependent on men, and their fate in life depends entirely on the nature of the males they end up with. In this setting, Kyeong-ah, in a distinctly melodramatic way, is somewhat unlucky in this regard, as the men in her life have been so flawed and exploited, that when the decent one finally appears, she is already too broken to change. This approach gives the film a distinct melodramatic element that is also derived from a story that can be described as epic, although not towards salvation as in the original, but towards destruction.
However, at the same time, the film is not revealed as a direct accusation of the men, because Kyeong-ah’s death also comes from her decisions and public mindset, especially after she becomes a host, which seems to derive from extremely low self-esteem. So much so that it can be described as suicidal. This approach somewhat dilutes the overall message/accusation against patriarchal society, but makes the whole story more realistic, thus avoiding turning into an anti-men’s argument, a decision that certainly works in the title’s favor.
Regardless of context, the film also thrives in terms of production values, with a stylistically radical approach that often appears at the cutting edge. Aside from the non-linear story and sometimes delirious flashbacks, Lee Jang Ho It also included extreme camera angles, which, particularly in her husband’s mansion, takes on a surreal/horror-like hypostasis, thanks to Jang Seok-jun’s excellent cinematography. The psychedelic rock soundtrack, which sometimes turns into rock ‘n’ roll in a number of shifting scenes, also moves in the same direction, before following more traditional paths near the end, which, just like the protagonist, seems to state that escaping the clutches of tradition (In this case of melodramatic filmmaking) Impossible. Hyun Dong Chun Editing implements all of the above elements through a fairly fast pace, which, at times, is as delirious as the cinematography and general progression of the story.
Former Child Actress in sock It gives a captivating albeit at times excessive performance, highlighting a fatal and female character at the same time, in a very entertaining way. Although she was only 22 years old at the time, she managed to carry the film heavily on her shoulders, appearing in basically every scene, with a number of them, particularly the violent and erotic scenes, being especially demanding.
“Heavenly Return to the Stars” It does not make sense at all times, and the rave associated with cinema in the 70s does not always work in her favour. Nevertheless, it is an interesting film, in terms of context and cinematography, with an overall approach Lee Jang Ho Movie download tools from start to finish.
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“Heavenly Return to the Stars” directed by Lee Jang Hoand features in sockAnd Kang Shin Sung IlAnd Yoon Il BongAnd huh Young SooAnd Pike the wayAnd joon won joo. Release date in Korea: 04/26/1974.