The production company backing this gritty yet beautiful film was controlled by star Kim Ji-mee. Rather than use the film as a vanity project for her diva status, she allowed her ensemble of younger actors free rein in developing their roles. The acting, strong script, and artistic photography makes Ticket much more than another ‘hostess’ film (a genre which had mixed cliched melodrama and exploitation in tales of young women, seduced, abandoned and fated to a life of prostitution).

This screening will be introduced by Darcy Paquet. Darcy Paquet is an American film critic, university lecturer, author and actor. He has been living in Seoul since 1997 and contributes regularly to various publications on Korean cinema.

Film info

Director: Im Kwon-taek
Cast: Kim Ji-mee, Ahn So-young, Myeong Hui, Lee Hye-young
Film genre: Drama, Romance
Cert 18, 108 mins, 1986
Distributed by Jin Seong-Man