A scene from the film “Mirror” / Courtesy of Christina YoonBy Kwak Yeon-sooDirector Christina Yoon’s short film “Mirror” explores Korea’s “unrealistic” beauty standards which make women desperate to achieve aesthetic perfection.
“As a Korean American woman, I felt this on many levels as a teenager ― feeling outside of both Korean and American beauty standards and feeling ‘other,'” she said in a recent email interview with The Korea Times.
Filmmaker Christina Yoon / Courtesy of Christina YoonBelow is an excerpt of The Korea Times interview with Yoon on her new film “Mirror.”
Do you think they’re going to bring more attention to Korean films, and Korean and Korean American filmmakers?
Yes, there’s a new awareness of Korean films and filmmakers, but I don’t think it will suddenly become easy for Korean American filmmakers.