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Documentary Youn YuhJung

YOUN Yuh-jung is the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award and 42 other global award. She played an atypical grandmother in ‘Minari’. Like the endurance of the minari plants in the movie, she has endured and worked as an actress for 55 years. this documentary retrace the course of her life and career. Based on an archive of over 100 dramas and 36 films, it contains interviews with 11 actors and creators. Debuting at the age of 20, at the peak of her career, she got married, immigrated to the United States, and divorced. She started acting again as a single mom, responsible for her two sons. Until the unfavorable actress became a world-renowned actress at the age of 75, she hasn't stopped acting for 55 years, and as a survivor of a previous era, we look back on her journey.

  • EunKyu Lee
    Gag women
  • Sunha Kim
  • Suji Kim
  • YeoJin Huh
  • Yongha Suh
  • JeongHoon Jo
  • EunBi Lee
  • Yeri Han
    Key Cast
  • Go-Eun Kim
    Key Cast
  • Buja Kang
    Key Cast
  • EoungOk Kim
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Biography, Heroine, Great Actress
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (+Archive Footages)
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • London Korean Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 28, 2021
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Director of the Month by Korean PD association
    Korea, Republic of
    May 30, 2021
    Grand Prix at TV programs
  • Female Film Festival Berlin
    October 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Cyprus International Film Festival
    nicosia, larnaca
    November 11, 2021
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • KBS Media
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - EunKyu Lee

She was born in Seoul, South Korea, 1987 and majored Communication (B.A.), 2006~2010 at Ewha Womans University and ChungAng University in Film (M.F.A.).
She has worked at production team in KBS since 2014 at the present doing series documentary concerning women identity in Korea.

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Director Statement

‘Documentary Youn Yuh-Jung’ is a part of the Interview and Archive Documentary series for the history of women, which was produced by recording the voices of individuals and KBS's past video footage. Behind the amazing talent of the comedians, actors, and national team members who rose to the top and became loved by the public, there is a history of gender discrimination worldwide. I wanted to question those who praised Youn Yuh-jung's Oscar win.

Wasn't the great actress Youn Yuh-jung confined to our own ideas of what an actress should be? Fortunately, many people felt the same way and young women like me gained a lot of courage through the life of ‘Survivor Youn Yuh-jung.’