Between 2008 and 2015, Kim Cho-hee served as producer to director and notorious soju-drinker Hong Sangsoo - so when her own feature debut as writer/director begins with a male indie director suffering a fatal heart attack during a heavy soju-drinking session, Kim is clearly dramatising her own struggles to break free of Hong’s shadow. Indeed, Lucky Chan-sil follows a forty-something producer as she attempts to rebuild her own life after her director’s death. Chan-sil (Kang Mal-geum) downsizes her digs, takes a job cleaning for vapid starlet Sophie (Yoon Seung-ah), and develops an interest in Sophie’s French teacher - and amateur filmmaker - Kim Young (Bae Yu-ram), all the while wondering if she will ever make another film.
This is a breezy, often absurdist 8½ (1963) for Korea’s contemporary independent filmmaking scene, also boasting pastiches of Ozu, and a ghost who bears a passing resemblance to Leslie Cheung…
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