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In a massage parlour in Toronto, female workers labour under surveillance cameras and a male manager. But don’t think that these women are sexual workers who are under control of male owners and clients. Soo Lyu has made an amusing comedy revolving around a fascinating subculture based upon her research on female massagers and the massage parlour scene for one year. The film is filled with the witty energy of women proclaiming that they are the owners of their own bodies and their own labour.
Energetic Betty is the veteran masseuse. Adorable Cindy is the illegal worker dreaming of taking care of a family in her home country. Lea is beautiful, but has a nipple fetish. The owner hires a university student, Conrad, as the parlour’s manager to watch them. But these three girls manipulate the naive manager and a battle is waged as Conrad fights for control of the parlour. (Nam In-young)
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Born in Korea, Soo Lyu studied political science and film. She has written and directed several short films including The Cure (1997), Returning (1998) which won many awards. She also directed the animated film, The Woodcutter and His Bride (2000), which was shown in numerous festivals. Rub & Tug is her first feature.