Film director Kim Gi-duk has decided to move on from filming women sticking fish hooks in their privates to making movies about weonjo gyojae — high school girls who enter into sexual relationships with older men, usually for money and/or gifts. And yes, just to prove his point, the poster for his latest movie, “Samaria,” shows actress Kwak Ji-min — all 19 years (Korean) of her — topless and sporting a nun’s veil. Yes, she was a high-school senior when that photo was taken, meaning yes, she was a minor. The Chosun Ilbo reports:
Another movie insider said that Kwak was quite concerned about posing for such a poster before her high school graduation in February, but forced herself to do it anyway because she believed in its artistic quality. Out of consideration to the actress, the poster will not be released for use in theaters until after her graduation ceremony.
That didn’t stop the Sports Chosun from running the poster in their paper, however (or me from posting it on my blog). For comparison’s sake, here’s a picture of Kwak, courtesy Naver.com.
PS: The movie has been invited to the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival in February. When it will open in Korea, I don’t know.