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SynopsisThis is the story of women who chose to be princes themselves rather than wait for their princes. During the 1950s, a type of Korean musical with an all-female cast called Female Gukgeuk enjoyed a golden age in Korea. Especially Female Gukgeuk set the hearts of many young girls on fire. Some fans loved their actors so ardently that sent bloody love letter, even committed suicide. And some girls ran away from home and followed Female Gukgeuk companies on the road.
Right after the Korean War in the 1950s, there were women disguised as men who ruled the stage traveling all over the country. Korean traditional women\'s musical - where women played all roles, from those of a prince and merchants, to a magistrate and a young man - gained tremendous popularity and became the center of Korean classical music and culture. It probably was an obvious result that a huge fandom of girls was formed around these women dressed as men and falling in love with women on stage.
The documentary Girl Princes brings out Korean traditional women\'s musical and actresses dressed as men, which have disappeared into history, in front of the camera. This film refocuses on the energy of liberation unique to women’s cultural community. Through the cultural history approach, it attempts to trace how women’s cultural participation was erased, excluded by the male-centered Korean classical music world. As the title “Girl Princes” suggests, the presence of women disguised as men in Korean traditional women\'s musical creates tension among their awareness as women, their disguise as men on staged performances, and the masculinity of their characters, and also reveals various issues related to the masculinity of women. Looking into the formation of female fandom around actresses and their relationship is another interesting point of this film. (HONG So-in)
KIM Hye-jungKIM Hye-jung