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Jong-chan is a dynamic young conservative politicianwho is leading polls for an upcoming election. His wife Yeon-hong is busy helping him behind the scenes, but 15 days before the election, their daughter Min-jin disappears. Although it’s not the first time she has run off, Yeon-hong is taken aback, and becomes increasingly desperate as the days pass and her daughter doesn’t appear. Meanwhile tension rises between the couple as the police fail to come up with any clues and Jong-chan continues to devote himself to the campaign. Then Yeon-hong begins to discover that many of the things her daughter told her about her school life and friends were all lies. She uncovers darker secrets that threaten to tear her life apart.
Jong-chan (KIM Joo-hyuk) is an anchor-turned-politician running for the 21st General Election. He competes for public attention against NO Jae-sun (KIM Eui-sung), a lawmaker from a rival party. Yeon-hong (SON Ye-jin) is married to Jong-chan and enthusiastic to help her husband’s election campaign in a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do. On the first day of Jong-chan’s campaign after a series of negative political ads about him appear on his political opponent’s website, their 16-year-old daughter Min-jin suddenly goes missing. As Jong-chan decides not to notify the authorities fearing negative publicity, Yeon-hong takes matters into her own hands. In her frantic search for Min-jin who is later found dead, she figures out who killed her daughter, realizes what her daughter’s life was like at school, and uncovers some terrible secrets about her husband.
The Truth Beneath is a complex and multifaceted film that depicts the ugly side of truth by featuring two murders and one revenge. Questioning the suspects and their accomplices, Yeon-hong gets closer to the barefaced truth about rotten politicians involved in instigating nepotism and regionalism, colluding in deception, and even ordering murders. Yeon-hong, who has been feeling left out even by the supporters of her husband for she is from Jeolla-do, starts to understand Min-jin and her partner Mi-ok who used to be subjected to bullying at school. Three women, So-ra, Mi-ok, and Yeon-hong holding grudges against Jong-chan, take revenge on him in their own ways. Yeon-hong eventually sides with her daughter instead of her husband who achieves political success at the cost of his daughter’s life. After finishing her business with Jong-chan, Yeon-hong holds Mi-ok tight in her arms in a fantasyland called “Wild Rose Hill.” Is this Wild Rose Hill a land of dreamers like the one in a fairy tale or Valhalla, the afterlife hall of the fallen women warriors Valkyries who have disobeyed Odin’s order? (Sunah KIM)
LEE Kyoung-miLEE Kyoung-mi
LEE graduated from Korea National University of Arts, School of Film, TV & Multimedia, with a major in Film Making in 2004. She swept several awards with her short film Feel Good Story including International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, Mise-en-scène’s Short Film Festival, Busan Asian Short Film Festival, and Asiana International Short Film Festival. Crush and Blush is her directorial debut feature film, and it was awarded the Best New Director and Best Scriptwriting from 2008 Blue Dragon Film Awards, followed by the Best Director and Best Scriptwriting from the Woman Filmmaker of the Year Award. Her latest film is The Truth Beneath (2017).