Film Year: 2018
Film Length: 114 min.
Director: Choi Kook-hee
Featuring: Kim Hye-soo, Yoo Ah-in, Jo Woo-jin, Heo Joon-ho, Vincent Cassel
Default turns the fallout of the 1997 Asian financial crisis in Korea into riveting entertainment. The film follows three storylines: Si-hyun’s shows how the government acted during the crisis, Jung-hak’s frames the downturn in economic terms, and Gap-su represents millions of real Korean small business owners who suffered in 1997. These three perspectives trace the rippling effect of the collapsing economy on different social strata, and how deeply they are connected to each other. At each of these levels, Default highlights and humanizes the very real trauma in the East that is often overshadowed by the 2008 US financial crisis, and offers numerous lessons that are still relevant today. Introduction by Joseph Seeley (UVA)
This film is part of the Korean Film series supported by the UVA Korea Society
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