When an ordinary housewife is convicted for seducing a minor, reckless love leads to obsession and creeping doubt.
Chul-soo Park, Jun-han Kim
Jung Suh, Ji-ho Shim and Yun-hong Oh
Gern: Adult, Erotic, Cat III
Of all the Asian film industries, the Koreans are probably the best at making erotic dramas, well, erotic. In comparison, Hong Kong erotic films look more like what not to do during sex (watching Hong Kongers fake sex on screen is like watching a diabetic twitching from seizures), and the Japanese’s idea of sex onscreen invariably involves bondage, torture, abduction, or a combination of all three. With movies like “Summertime”, “The Sweet Sex and Love”, and now “Green Chair”, it becomes less of a question of how does the Koreans do erotic so well, but rather why everyone else can get it so wrong. Haven’t these people ever had sex before?
The first 30 or so minutes of Cheol-su Park’s “Green Chair” is all about sex. The act of having sex, the preparations for sex, and the aftermath of sex. Rinse and repeat. The rest of the film’s 90-minute running time is spent with older woman Mun-hee (Jung Suh, “The Isle”), who is 32, and younger man Hyeon (Ji-ho Shim), who is 19, as they try to understand what’s happening between them. Things are made more difficult in the aftermath of Mun-hee’s stint in prison for having sex with Hyeon, since by Korean law a person under the age of 20 is still a minor. The film is purposefully muddled about when Mun-hee and Hyeon began their relationship, but it’s insinuated that he was old enough to make his own decisions, which would put him at 18 or 19, more than adult age by every other nation’s standards.
Green Chair (2005) Korean Cat III movie