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‘Kim Ji-young, Born 1982’, Korean Film Focusing on Gender Divide, Tops South Korea’s Box Office

5 November 2019

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‘Kim Ji-young, Born 1982’, Korean Film Focusing on Gender Divide, Tops South Korea’s Box Office

A movie based on a controversial best-selling novel that chronicled the everyday sexism faced by women topped South Korea’s box office last week, reigniting a national debate over women’s roles in a historically male-dominated society.

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 highlights divisions over sexism, the anti-harassment #MeToo movement and feminism. The story follows a married woman in her 30s who feels forced by social circumstances and opinions to give up her work and dreams in order to raise her young child.

The movie has been No. 1 at the South Korean box office since opening and had sold 9.7 billion won ($8.3 million) in tickets by Sunday, according to the latest data from the Korean Film Council.

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