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Touch

CHO Yoonsun
Korea 120min 4K Color/B&W Fiction
Production budget500,000,000 KRW
Budget Required495,000,000 KRW
Secured budget JEONJU International Film Festival [ JEONJU Lab First Fund Grant ] : 5,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

After her sister’s death, Seoyeon believes that her mother Eunhye’s affection will be all hers, until Eunhye’s beloved disciple Jiwoo appears in front of her.

SYNOPSIS

Jiwoo considers dropping out of school due to the financial burden and visits her high school homeroom teacher Eunhye. Eunhye offers to pay Jiwoo’s tuition if she paints a mural for church. Jiwoo accepts it, and together with Eunhye’s daughter Seoyeon, they paint the mural and become close. One day, Jiwoo is upset when her father tells her that his girlfriend and her son are coming to stay with him for a while, Jiwoo leaves the house. With nowhere else to go, Seoyeon brings Jiwoo to Eunhye’s place. Jiwoo becomes more and more dependent on Eunhye, who recognizes her worth and shows her love. When it’s time to be back, Jiwoo confesses to Eunhye that she wants to be adopted. But Eunhye refuses. Feeling betrayed, Jiwoo takes her own revenge and returns home. When Seoyeon realizes she’s been used for revenge, she comes to Jiwoo’s house, and during their confrontation, Seoyeon accidentally dies. Jiwoo flees to the countryside with her family. While Eunhye searches for the missing Seoyeon, she cries as if she’s sensing something.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Goodwill is important because people live together and when someone is going through a difficult time, people can rely on the goodwill of those around them to help them through it. However, naive and lazy good intentions can be inconsiderate of others and can actually hurt or harm them.

The story begins with a problem of the modern welfare system: selective welfare. Jiwoo doesn’t qualify for a government scholarship because she doesn’t meet the income quintile and grade criteria set by the government. Eunhye tries to save Jiwoo’s life by paying her tuition. Jiwoo, however, wants to be fully saved by having a mother, not by financial help. Their paths to salvation go in different directions, and they end up hurting each other.

Touch is a story about empty hope for salvation, and a clash between an arrogant person who thinks she can save others and a selfish person who wants to be saved by others.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
Around the time I had just become a college student, I once encountered a person with visual impairment on a bus. As the person was about to get off, they asked for assistance from people around. I impulsively approached and held their hand as I wanted to help. This unexpected action surprised them, and I realized I should have asked if it was alright to touch their hand or assist them in the first place. Reflecting on this experience, I understood that sometimes, the naive and well-intentioned but ill-informed could inadvertently cause harm or distress to others. This realization led me to write the script for Touch.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
In the final scene of the film, the characters’ emotions cannot be easily summarized. I hope viewers contemplate why the characters felt the way they did and how they came to be in their situation.
DIRECTOR
CHO Yoonsun
Born in 1988, she majored in Space Direction at the School of Performing Arts and Media of Chung-Ang University and studied film direction at the same graduate school. She has directed three films, including her most representative work Not Too Heavy, Not Too Light (2019).
A Midsummer Night's Reality (2016), Farewell Journey (2017), Not too Heavy, Not too Light (2019)
PRODUCER
KIM Taekyung
Born in 1991. He majored in directing at Chung-Ang University’s Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia & Film. He directed short films I Want to LIVE (2014), Sketchbook (2017), The Little Bean (2018), and Second Funeral (2020).
Sketchbook (2017), The Little Bean (2018), Second Funeral (2020)
CONTACTyoonsun510@naver.com
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