By Ji-Young BOO


Drama - Completed 2014

Temporary women workers as docile as a lamb lock arms together against mighty money.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2014
City to City
Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
Open Cinema
Hawaii International Film Festival 2014
Gala Presentation
Austin Asian American Film Festival 2014
Audience Award Winner
Santa Barbara IFF 2015
Pan Asia
Center for Asian American Media Film Festival 2015
Far East Film Fsetival 2015
Korean Film Festival DC 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • KOREA (South)
    • Languages
    • KOREAN
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ji-Young BOO
    • Producer(s)
    • Jae-Myung SHIM
    • Synopsis
    • Sun-hee is a mother of two teenagers. With debts to pay back, her temporary job at a large retail store is the only way to support family. And she works hard to gain a permanent position at her job in order to make a better life for her kids. But, her teenage son, Tae-young, always grumbles about his mother’s job which is not making enough money to buy him a smart phone and to pay for his school field trip to a foreign country like his other classmates. When Sun-hee is about to take a permanent position at the store, she’s laid off out of the blue. But, soon, she and her temp co-workers become aware that their company is merging into a giant company and is avoiding its employment obligations to the temp workers. As a shy but devoted mother, she hadn't thought about putting on a strike against the company. But, when other temp women co-workers begin their solitary fight against the unjust layoffs, Sun-hee takes courage to stand in the front. Tae-young never understood why his mother worked that hard and got laid off for nothing. To earn money for his field trip, Tae-young works at a 24-hour convenient store secretly from his mother, and he himself experiences getting underpaid. Then, he comes to realize his mother’s meaningful fight against injustice. With her once estranged son’s understanding and together with her united colleagues, Sun-hee starts to make a giant step forward for a better life and a better world.