Shin, a nobleman, had been trying to conceive a male heir to pass his family name. Unable to provide a male heir, Shin's wife gives her husband permission to search for a surrogate wife to bear a male heir. On the way to finding a surrogate wife, Shin runs into a 17 year old girl, Ok-nyo (Kang Soo-yeon). She was a poor feisty girl who stated she would do anything for money.

Original Title Sibaji
German Title Die Leihmutter
French Title La mère porteuse
Other Titles Sibaji - The Surrogate Mother - The Surrogate Woman
Directed by Kwon-taek Im
Country South Korea
Available Formats 35mm
Screenplay Im Kwon-taek
Film Editing Sun-duk Park
Soundtrack Byung-ha Shin
Cinematography Joong-mo Goo
Production Do-hwan Jeong
Runtime 94 Min.
Language Koreanisch/d/f
Soo-yeon Kang
Goo-soon Lee
Eun-jin Han
Hee Bang
Yang-ha Yoon

Venice Film Festival
Best Actress

Asia-Pacific Film Festival

Best Director, Best Film, Best Supporting Actress

Faro Island Film Festival
Best Actress

Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
Best Cinematography

Nantes Three Continents Festival
Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design

«Im Kwon-taek erzählt analytisch wie eh und je. Das Melodrama, das in dieser Geschichte steckt, wird ganz Struktur der Beobachtung. Die Kamera wie der Film erfassen präzise, beziehen aber nicht Stellung. Nicht weil die Stellung zum Geschehen nicht klar wäre und klar sein muss, sondern gerade, weil sie es ist.»
Ekkehard Knörer, jump-cut


Im Kwon-taek:

«Ich wollte versuchen, Geschichte zu vergegenwärtigen, um so Situationen und Entwicklungen in der koreanischen Gegenwart besser analysieren zu können. Sibaji ist ein Film, der sich mit den konventionellen Glaubensformen der Koreaner auseinander setzt. Es geht konkret um die Bevorzugung der Söhne - eine Haltung, die mit dem Ahnenkult und seiner Tradition eng zusammenhängt.»


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