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Courageously she defied convention and the norms of society and opened her eyes and ears to the possibilities of modernization and the introduction of Western culture. She was the first female painter to emerge in the Chosun era and created shock waves because of her quest for free love and her determination to get a divorce. Born at the end of the 19th century to a wealthy family, she pursued the freedom and passion that had been denied to all, only to die miserably on the street. Her dramatic, unconventional life has become a myth and a cautionary tale to all women of Korea. Starting with stories of ‘new women’ like Na Haesuk, who sang a song to restore her own status as a ‘sun’, the film follows the lives of other women who continue to struggle for their freedom. This journey is represented in the opening animation which shows women climbing up Namsan Mountain with umbrellas. Like a time machine that reveals the struggles of women throughout the generations, Namsan Tower flies through the lives of these new women, but cannot show what lies across the bridge. In the last scene, as Namsan Tower soars across the Seoul sky, we see that women still have many bridges to cross. (Mo Eun-young)
KIM SoyoungKIM Soyoung
KIM Soyoung is a Cinema Studies professor at the Korean National University of Arts and a feminist film critic. She was a founding member of Women Filmmakers’ Collective ‘Parituh’ as well as a member of the first graduating class of the Korean Academy of Film Arts. Recently she completed the Women’s History Trilogy which is composed of Koryu: Southern Women, South Korea (2000), I’ll Be Seeing Her (2002) and new woman: her first song (2004).