[ti:Korean Book-Turned-Movie: Women Love It, Men Hate It]
[00:00.04]In South Korea, the most popular movie this week is about the everyday sexism women face there.
[00:08.92]It is based on the best-selling book called Kim Ji-young, Born 1982.
[00:15.53]Both the book and movie have people talking about
[00:19.64]the place of women in South Korea's historically male-dominated society.
[00:26.36]The film sold $8.3 million in tickets in its first week, says the Korean Film Council.
[00:35.35]Some of that comes from women who have not even seen the movie.
[00:39.86]Commenters on social media said they bought tickets as a way to show their support.
[00:46.86]The action is known in Korea as "sending one's soul."
[00:52.60]The new movie and 2016 book are about a married woman in her 30s.
[00:58.92]She feels forced by her social situation and other people's opinions
[01:04.32]to surrender her work and dreams.
[01:07.56]She leaves her job to raise her young child.
[01:12.01]A book review on the website dramasROK notes that Kim Ji-young
[01:19.20]was the most common name for a girl in 1982.
[01:23.77]The title suggests that the story is about the usual experiences
[01:29.20]of many girls and women in South Korea.
[01:32.91]The reviewer said the book describes a number of small events in the life of Kim Ji-young.
[01:40.93]At family meals, she is given her food last.
[01:45.32]At work, a client makes insulting comments to her,
[01:50.12]and she feels pressured to accept them.
[01:53.00]During a holiday, she is expected to help cook and clean
[01:58.16]with her husband's mother while the men rest.
[02:02.60]In time, Kim Ji-Young begins talking as if she is other people.
[02:08.29]She loses her own voice.
[02:12.12]A number of women cried loudly as they watched the movie at a theater in Seoul recently.
[02:18.44]Seo Mi-jeong was one of them.
[02:21.12]She is 23 years old.
[02:23.52]She said the movie was realistic.
[02:27.12]She said, "It touched on realities in South Korean society
[02:32.51]that keep women of different generations from the life they wanted to lead."
[02:38.69]Her comment was very different than that of a 29-year-old man
[02:43.56]who saw the film on opening day.
[02:46.00]Kim Won-koo said he did not connect emotionally
[02:50.60]with the idea that a woman born in 1982 faced discrimination growing up.
[02:57.28]"Many of the situations seem unrealistic or very, very rare," he said.
[03:04.10]Their answers show the difference of opinions among many women and men in South Korea.
[03:11.11]Women rated the film an average of 9.5 out of 10 stars on South Korea's top web search page.
[03:20.22]Men gave it an average of 2.5 stars.
[03:24.66]The film comes at a time when South Koreans are increasingly debating women's rights
[03:31.87]and whether men are being treated unfairly.
[03:35.46]As in other countries, in recent months a number of well-known male public officials,
[03:41.65]business leaders and performers have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse.
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