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The First Amendment

A comedy in which a small-town hooker runs for a senate seat, "The First Amendment" is probably a bit too local in political details to make much commercial impact beyond Korean borders, though the well-scripted effort packs an emotional punch in the final reel. Film could find an audience in offshore, Asian-centered events.

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With: Ye Ji-weon, Im Seong-min, Nam Jin, Anita , Kim Yong-gun, Choi Eun-ju, Lee Mun-shik, Song Ok-suk, In Ne-sang, Jeong Gyeong-sun, Jang Yu-hwa, Weon Sang-yeon, Kim Yang-woo, Jang Dae-seong, Gi Jun-bong.

A sassy ensemble comedy in which a small-town hooker runs for a senate seat, “The First Amendment” is probably a bit too local in political details to make much commercial impact beyond Korean borders, though the well-scripted effort (which would easily translate to a remake) packs an emotional punch in the final reel. Film flopped on release in April but could find an audience in offshore, Asian-centered events, given its overall theme which is universal: cynicism over politicians and the political process.

Following the death of a leading politician, South Korea’s two parties end up with 136 seats each in the senate, and all eyes turn to the town of Surak where a decisive election will be held. When ruling party candidate Oh Man-bong (Kim Yong-gun) runs on a “sunshine” ticket, promising to rid the burg of prostitution, feisty hooker Go Eun-bi (Ye Ji-weon, from “Turning Gate”) is urged by her colleagues to run against him. Shot in an actual red-light district (in Jeonju), pic has an earthy feel for the bottom-line solidarity of Go and the other women, and the comedy is broad and up-front without being overplayed.

The First Amendment

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Production: A Cinema Service presentation, in association with Hana Bank. (International sales: Cinema Service, Seoul.) Produced by Jonathan H. Kim. Directed by Song Gyeong-shik. Screenplay, Kim Jin-su, Choi Jong-tae; story, Lee Jae-heon, Ji Sang-hak, Mun Sang-hun, Park Jong-geun, Kim Tae-hyeong, Kim Mi-hyeon, Park Hyeon-seon, Jeong Seong-heui, Choi Weon, Mun Seong-ryong.

Crew: Camera (color), Lee Dong-sam; editor, Mun In-dae; music, Lee Dong-jun; art director, Choi Gi-ho; costumes, Kim Hyang-heui. Reviewed on videocassette, London, June 10, 2003. (In Cannes Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 107 MIN.

With: With: Ye Ji-weon, Im Seong-min, Nam Jin, Anita , Kim Yong-gun, Choi Eun-ju, Lee Mun-shik, Song Ok-suk, In Ne-sang, Jeong Gyeong-sun, Jang Yu-hwa, Weon Sang-yeon, Kim Yang-woo, Jang Dae-seong, Gi Jun-bong.

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