The main character of the film, Hae-Rang, is given an unexpected assignment.
I have always thought that “independence” is one of the biggest tasks the younger generation has to deal with.
Whether it’s throughout college or after graduation, or even after one enters the work force, we all have a period in our lives where we struggle with independence. In this film, I gave the assignment to the character right before her graduation.
The characters in this film were inspired by real, average people I had met throughout my college years.
Each of them has carried out their duties in their position as a mom, a daughter, or someone with a dream. One day, however, they have no choice but to break away from their role.
The story begins with Hae-Rang’s mom quitting her job. She decides to return to her hometown, separating her from the “Mom” role she had for 25 years. This forces Hae-Rang out of the safety net of a parent, and she starts to feel conflicted about her dream to be a production designer.
The more Hae-Rang is determined to seek independence, the further away from her dream she gets. Once full of hopes and dreams just like most people her age, she starts to slowly lose confidence. In this film, there is no particular main event. Instead, the small things Hae-Rang goes through are what real-life millennials in South Korea struggle with.
These small events were based on real experiences from the numerous people in Hae-Rang’s generation that I had a chance to interview.
I felt that portraying just their experiences alone in this film were enough to show the disastrous reality.
I felt the reality this generation actually faces is too devastating to portray bluntly in this film. No matter where I looked, the perfect answer seemed to not exist.
The one thing I constantly reminded myself while creating this film was to not give the audience an answer, but instead be encouraging of each individual’s “graduation”. I wanted a happy ending to remind the audience of the hope they still have, no matter where they are in their lives.