UHM Jeong-hwa, MOON So-ri, CHO Min-ooRELEASE DATE
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Three women in their 40s look to enjoy their middle-aged lives in this story about passionate love, sex and going after your desires.
Venus Talk brings together UHM Jeong-hwa, MOON So-ri and CHO Min-soo, three of the Korean film industry’s biggest female stars, in a story that is reminiscent of the American series and movies Sex and the City. UHM Jung-hwa, a popular singer from the 1990s, is the star of commercial hits such as Princess Aurora (2005) and Dancing Queen (2011). MOON So-ri debuted in LEE Chang-dong’s Peppermint Candy (1999) but really made her mark in LEE’s follow-up Oasis (2002), for which she received the Marcelo Mastroianni Award for Rising Star at the Venice International Film Festival. In addition to studio films such as last year’s The Spy: Undercover Operation, MOON regularly appears in the films of Korea’s most renowned auteurs, such as IM Sang-soo in his A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003) or HONG Sangsoo films including Like You Know It All (2009) and In Another Country (2012). CHO Min-soo most recently appeared in KIM Ki-duk’s Pieta, which earned the Golden Lion Award from Venice in 2012.
Directing Venus Talk is KWON Chil-in, a veteran of romantic fare who previously made Singles (2003), Loveholic (2010) and Love On-Air (2012) among others. The production company behind the film is Myung Films, a major force in the Korean film industry that has delivered such contemporary classics and hits as The Contact (1997), Happy End (1999), A Good Lawyer’s Wife and Architecture 101 (2012). By casting three of Korean cinema’s strongest middle-aged leading women, Myung Films will be hoping to tap into the growing pool of older filmgoers that have been part of the industry’s recent box office boom.
By Pierce Conran