‘Kim Min-young of the Report Card’, an independent film about high school friendship

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Left to right: Actors Kim Joo-ah, Yoon Ah-jung, and Son Da-hyun star in “Kim Min-young of the Report Card.” (Atnine Film)

Some people say you make lifelong friends in high school, while others say it’s completely normal for high school friends to break up later in life.

The new Korean independent film “Kim Min-young of the Report Card” deals with the subject realistically.

Co-directed by Lee Jae-eun and Lim Ji-sun, the film centers on a girl named Jeong-hee (Kim Joo-ah) who has two best friends — Min-young (Yoon Ah-jung) and Soosanna ( Son Da-hyun).

Jeong-hee goes to Min-young’s house for a sleepover, intending to talk about Soosanna’s change. But she is soon disappointed with how Min-young has changed as well, and leaves behind a report card that includes a note of their friendship.

Lim said she created this movie because she had a similar experience to Jeong-hee.

“Friendship is a big part of my life, so I often feel sad when friends don’t seem to like it. I thought that sad emotion reflected how much I cared about them, and I thought it was important,” Lee said at a press conference held at CGV Yongsan in Seoul on Monday.

“Also, Jeong-hee in the film bravely faces his disappointment and shows it to his friend. I want to share that kind of bravery through the film.

The two co-directors met at a workshop for beginning filmmakers and teamed up for the project.

“I had a script for a short I was working on and asked him (Lim) to develop the script together,” Lee said.

Lee’s original script only contained a glimpse of the high school girls choosing different paths, and the more detailed story featured in the film, including how they built their friendship and how it changed, was created with Lim.

The film, which is the director’s first feature film, has already been admitted to many local film festivals. Last year, it won the grand prize in the Korean competition category at the 22nd Jeonju International Film Festival.

“Everything was new. In the beginning, we were working on a short film, and as we created more details, it naturally became a feature film, which meant we didn’t have a frame that limited us,” Lim said. . “Also, we didn’t have a lot of pressure to make our film a success, so we were free and I think that’s what they (the film festivals) appreciated.”

The makers also explained that they decided to name their movie “Kim Min-young’s Report Card,” instead of “Kim Min-young’s Report Card,” because Jeong-hee’s feelings are the most important factor in their movie.

“This movie focuses on Jeong-hee’s feelings about Min-young, and we wanted audiences to see it through the title,” Lee said.

The film will be released in local theaters on September 8.

Lim Ji-sun (left) speaks as his co-director Lee Jae-eun attends a press conference held at CGV Yongsan in Seoul on Monday.  (Atnine Film)

Lim Ji-sun (left) speaks as his co-director Lee Jae-eun attends a press conference held at CGV Yongsan in Seoul on Monday. (Atnine Film)

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