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Fiction ㅣ JEONJU Lab: Feature Length

Samhee: The Adventure of 3 Joys

MOON Hyein
Korea 90min 4K Color Fiction
Production StatusPre-Production
Goal of ParticipationCo-production, World Sales, Film Festival Screening
Production budget200,000,000 KRW
Budget Required155,000,000 KRW
Secured budget JEONJU International Film Festival [ JEONJU Lab First Fund Grant ] : 5,000,000 KRW · Seoul Film Commission[Production Expense Support ] : 40,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

Hyerim, a woman who is trapped in trauma, finds her true self through the everyday adventures she goes through when she accidentally gets to know and connect with Samhee apartment.

SYNOPSIS

Hyerim, an independent film actress, suffers from burnout after an underwater accident while filming. She packs up and leaves Seoul and moves to a new town in Yangju, Gyeonggi-do where she lives in isolation. As she continues her silent struggle to deal with her trauma, Hyerim stumbles upon the old, dilapidated Samhee apartment and becomes intrigued by it. Hyerim makes a documentary about the apartment and begins her daily adventures as she creates a second self under the name of Samhee.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

The film started with the question “Can trauma be overcome?” and I wanted to explore the conditions for rehabilitation in the film. In our goal-oriented society, it seems many people live with trauma while victimized by being used as a means for someone else’s or their own desires.
This work was intended to help those trapped in trauma to believe the world is safe once again, and to share a sense of self-affirmation. As curiosity about ‘Samhee apartment’ gave Hyerim the imagination to live as Samhee, perhaps the simple discoveries and interests of everyday life can once again be the hints that magically move the brokenhearted to embrace life.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
The two starting points of this film are the healing of trauma and Samhee Apartment.
Just as the main character Hyerim suffered from an accident, I also experienced an accident as an actor while filming, and it took a long time to deal with the collapsed body and mind. I experienced a sense of disconnection from my daily life, work, and self. I felt like I had been kicked out of the life that I knew of. Then, the question of who I was now and what kind of me I should become still remained within. Through the narrative of the main character, Hyerim, I wanted to witness the possibility of finally uniting the selves that were broken and divided due to trauma.
At that time, I happened to come across Samhee Apartment in Yangju, where I settled down after running away from people. The single apartment building on top of the hill was like a fortress, and also a lofty queen. Somehow, I became curious about this apartment, which even had a human-like name, and this film derived from the imagination that Hyerim and Samhee form a relationship.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
I hope to convey three kinds of joy to the audience watching Samhee: The Adventure of 3 Joys
The first joy is the sense of healing. I would like to experiment and share the conditions under which Hyerim, the protagonist in trauma, can believe in the safety of the world again, and love herself.
The second joy is the journey of finding a true self leading to Hyerim, Samhee, and the princess. I would like to invoke the meaning of integrating the divided self and facing the true self in the heyday of alter-egos and multi-personas.
The third joy is the daily adventures in Yangju. I want to look at the moments of everyday life anew and share my perspective on accepting their importance.
DIRECTOR
MOON Hyein
Debuted as an actress with the short film Nagayo: ながよ in 2016 and directed short films Heen Meets Eun in 2021 and Transit in 2022. She won the Best Director Prize in the Korean Competition for Shorts for Transit at the JEONJU IFF in the same year.
Heen Meets Eun (2021), Transit (2022)
CONTACTabrilena@naver.com
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