November 26, 2022

The director of Netflix’s teen romance movie “twentieth Century Lady” stated Monday she needed to seize an abnormal lady’s extraordinary moments from 1999 to make audiences relate to their very own reminiscences of past love and journey again to the tip of the century.

Bang Woo-ri’s function debut movie follows a 17-year-old lady named Na Bora, who navigates her past love and the intricacy of feminine friendship, pairing Kim Yoo-jung and Byeon Woo-seok as lead characters.

Launched Friday, “twentieth Century Lady” is the most-watched film on Netflix Korea and ranked sixth on its world streaming chart.

Bang Woo-ri, director of Netflix film "20th Century Girl," is seen in this photo provided by Netflix. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

A scene from Netflix movie “twentieth Century Lady” is seen on this photograph supplied by Netflix. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Bang was shocked and glad to obtain on the spot suggestions from viewers at house and overseas together with her debut work based mostly on her private expertise of exchanging her diary together with her good friend in class, which was principally a few boy her good friend preferred.

The 39-year-old stated she needed to inform a coming-of-age story from the angle of a teenage lady residing in 1999 to distinguish it from different Korean teen films with male narratives and teenage romance movies from Taiwan and Japan.

“I needed to make a teen romance movie based mostly on Korean tradition,” Bang stated in a roundtable media interview. “As this movie was based mostly by myself expertise, I assumed a broader viewers may relate to it.”

The director admitted the movie is a cliche-filled romantic comedy however launched it as a uniquely refreshing story that would supply a glimpse of widespread Korean tradition, trend and retro objects.

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“Because the story goes again to the outdated time and evokes nostalgia, the plot makes it arduous to keep away from cliches. I made a decision to face the problem head-on,” she stated.

Whereas the story’s foremost theme is in regards to the teenage lady’s past love, it additionally tackles the fragile relationship together with her feminine good friend and agony of adolescence. The plot is kind of predictable, however it’s rewarding to look at till the tip to find a shock ending about her past love.

To create scenes with pagers, camcorders and video tapes, she stated the filming crews needed to undergo the laborious means of discovering them and fixing them. As outdated electronics had been usually damaged and ran out of elements, some objects had been shipped abroad for restore companies.

She says the movie tried to painting a sure heat and a nostalgic feeling through the use of saturated colours and vibrant lighting.

“I used to be adamant in utilizing saturated colours to painting the pulpy sentiment of past love and beautify the previous,” she stated.

Bang stated she was at first apprehensive the younger solid members of their 20s won’t perceive the old-school feeling, however she realized that the style developments got here again to the younger technology greater than 20 years later. Amongst them are Nike’s Jordan low-top sneakers, Casio-reminiscent watches and wide-leg pants.

“They appear outdated to us however had been thought-about as new, particular to them (the solid members),” she stated.

Bang stated the interval film was launched on the proper time, as mainstream audiences are searching for tales from the ’90s, as proven within the widespread TV sequence “Twenty-5 Twenty-One” and the remake of the 2000 film “Ditto,” which is about for theatrical launch subsequent month.

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“Tales of the ’70s and ’80s had been widespread in earlier years, however the retro obsession quick forwarded to the ’90s,” Bang stated. “I feel folks my age have begun telling their tales.”

Like the principle character, Na Bora, who later works as a voice actress based mostly on her expertise in highschool, Bang stated she ended up changing into a movie director together with her father’s inspirational feedback on her.

“An sudden incident previously or trivial feedback may outline anyone’s future,” Bang stated. “Generally, a easy phrase lasts a lifetime.”