September 26, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC Korean Studies Institute and Outside the Box [Office] invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Bacchus Lady

Written & Directed by E J-Yong
Produced by Suh Dong-Hyun

Followed by a Q&A with E J-Yong
Moderated by Youngmin Choe, Associate Professor of Korean Visual Culture, USC Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


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About The Bacchus Lady

Youn So-young has contracted gonorrhea. "Make me well again quickly" she tells her gynecologist, because she wants to get back to work. In a park in Seoul, this senior citizen manages to scrape together just enough money as a 'Bacchus lady' to avoid begging. 'Bacchus ladies' are elderly women who sell a popular soft drink containing taurine known as 'Bacchus' and offer sexual services on the side. Korea’s rapidly ageing society barely has any money left for its pensioners and poverty among the elderly is soaring. When little Min-ho’s mother is detained by the police, So-young takes him in. The boy, who only speaks Filipino, experiences a rather unique sort of patchwork family in this courtyard peopled, alongside So-young, by her transgender neighbor and a one-legged young man. Many of So-young’s aged former clients and friends can no longer see a way out of their situation. One after the other, they ask this laconic lady, who for years has been harboring a secret, for one last favor.

Not rated. Running time: 110 minutes. In Korean, with English subtitles.


About the Guests

E J-Yong (Writer, Director)

Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1966, he studied Turkish at Hankuk University in Seoul. Upon graduation, he went on to study film at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His short film HOMO VIDEOCUS, made in collaboration with Daniel Byun, has won awards at international festivals. He made his directorial debut in 1998 with AN AFFAIR. His films UNTOLD SCANDAL, DASEPO NAUGHTY GIRLS, THE ACTRESSES and BEHIND THE CAMERA, all screened in the Berlinale Panorama. The celebrity-filled drama MY BRILLIANT LIFE (2014) won an audience award at the Far East Film Festival in Udine.

Youngmin Choe (Moderator)

Youngmin Choe is Associate Professor of Korean Visual Culture in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC. Her teaching and research interests focus on Korean film and culture, trans-Asian cinema, contemporary East Asian visual cultural studies, and tourism studies. She has authored a number of publications on Korean cinema, Hallyu and tourism, including the books Tourist Distractions: Traveling and Feeling in Transnational Hallyu Cinema (2016, Duke University Press) and The Korean Popular Culture Reader (2014, co-edited with Kyung Hyun Kim).

About the USC Korean Studies Institute

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. RSVPs are required. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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