“Girls born in the Year of the Horse have a hard life” This superstitious sexualized social belief is a prejudice born in Confucian patriarchal society. This film is about women who experienced the socially established prejudice about women born in the Year of the Horse, and their determined endeavors and lies and the events that surrounded them when they try not to have children in 1966, the Year of the White Horse. These brides who were born in the year on the horse make a friend’s boss pay dearly for sexual harassment and make a husband abstain and serve them on the pretence of being pregnant.
This epic that shows ‘hard but adorably evil women’ is based on the prejudice about brides born in the year of the horse, but their positive outlooks and spontaneity moves the story along. At the end, when they decide to reject the superstition about the Year of the Horse, they reflect the deconstruction of the socio-cultural prejudices about women. Particularly, in the last scene, where a male obstetrician who represents government power, gives a long-winded speech, reflects the state of the times when birth control was a national issue. In A Bride Who Was Born in the Year of the Horse, women’s bodies were a battleground and a place for negotiations between government power, traditional beliefs, and individual sexual desires and values. (Kwon Eun-Sun)
Kim Ki-dukKim Ki-duk
Born in 1934 and graduated from Seorabol University of Arts with M.A in literary writings, he began his film career as an editor in 1956. He directed his first feature Five Marines in 1961 and this film made him the winner of the “First Time Director Award” at the 1st Daejong Film Festival. He was one of major figures that contributed to the Korean cinema boom in sixties, shouldering directors like Lee Man-hee, Kim Soo-yong and Im Kwon-taek. His major filmography includes The Young with Naked Foot (1964), North and South (1965), A Teacher in an Island (1967), Confess of Youth (1968), Enraged Land (1968) and On a Star Shining Night (1972). Kim Ki -duk also has taught film at the Seoul Institute of Arts.