A model student from a modest background, Jin-suk defies familial and social barriers to become a judge, but succumbs to pressure to marry the handsome and wealthy Kwon Gyu-sik, although it’s really his father (and boss) who is keen on her. Into this modern comedy of manners comes first melodrama, as Gyu-sik falls for his secretary Miss Oh; then tragedy and tension, when a family member is poisoned. The investigation is intricately crafted in conflicting flashbacks, and the trial beautifully staged, as Jin-suk switches from the judge’s seat to mount her defence, save her family, and prove that honest, hard-working women can have it all in this almost-lost and lovingly-restored Golden Age drama. (SM)

Director: Hong Eun-Won

Writer: Chu Sik

Producer: Cha Tae-Jin

Cast: Moon Jung-Suk, Kim Seung-Ho, Yu Gye-Seon, Um Aing-Ran

Production Company: Keuk Dong Entertainment

Rights Holder: Korean Film Archive

Drama / 1962 / 85 min / CERT. 12 / B&W / DCP / Original Format: 16mm


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