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Microhabitat (2017)

So-gong-nyeo (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 March 2018 (South Korea)
Whiskey and cigarettes, the only ways of keeping her dignity in this city.


Go-Woon Jeon


Go-Woon Jeon
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Credited cast:
Esom ... Mi-so (as Som E.)
Jae-hong Ahn ... Han-sol
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duk-moon Choi
Jae-Hyun Choi Jae-Hyun Choi ... Hyeon-jeong's husband
Kim Guk-Hee Kim Guk-Hee ... Hyeon-jeong (as Kim Gook-hee)
Jin-ah Kang Jin-ah Kang ... Moon-yeong
Ye-eun Kim Ye-eun Kim
Sung-Wook Lee Sung-Wook Lee ... Dae-Yong


This film is about a young woman who suffered a deep depression, the only way to deal with it is binge drinking and chain smoking. But when the Korean government raised the prices of cigarettes so high that she simply couldn't afford the price hikes, she decided to give up her house and used the money to keep buying cigarettes and liquor. By losing her house, she thought she could ask her friends one by one to sleep in their own rooms in turns. But her wishful thinking would be a tough test between her and her friends. When reality became a daily difficulty to deal with regularly, there might no friendship can survive or, vice versa? Written by BasicLogic

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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The English title "Microhabitat" is translated in Korean as "MisoSeosikji" which literally means "a place where Mi-So(the protagonist's name) lives". MisoSeosikji was the original Korean name of the film that has intended pun in it, but due to the recommendation of the distributor concerned lacking viewers, the title changed as "Sogongnyeo(A Little Princess)" named after so-called novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. (director Jeon Go-Woon said in one of Guest Visit event in Korean Film Archive) See more »

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Everything is perfect and nothing bothers me.
14 December 2020 | by kimsuzi08See all my reviews

Everything is perfect and nothing bothers me. If all those who produce movies have this much sense, directing, and neatness, the world will be filled with really good films.

I literally can't believe such a wonderful and beautiful movie can be made with $320k in production costs. It is super LIT!

The most remarkable thing is lighting. The lighting behind the camera, which illuminates characters in a narrow space such as a dark alley or room, evokes naturalness but also makes them more adorable. However, there was no lighting in the scene of couple at dawn, and this delivers the temperature of air, which is so much colder and heavier. I really like these lighting decisions.

The structure, script, and acting were also good. Leakless structure, editing without superfluous parts! I felt like that I read a tidy article with a fabulous topic and solution.

It was a very enviable and respectful time for people who make fun things fun. The world is full of fun and cool stuffs, and it makes me struggling!

Hyeon-jeong, Dae-yong, and Rok-yi's episodes were very fun and giggling, but Jung-mi's consternated me. The movie was so adept at getting the issue off the table, but I think we should highlight it.

"I have money for a glass of whiskey and cigarettes, but no money to pay the rent."

If I regard the former as a metaphor for the most indispensable and fundemental cost of pursuing individual happiness, yes I can agree. I don't want to force the people to give it up. However, I think it is a pretty dangerous idea to ask someone else for a favor because I'm willing to give someone a bed when he or she asks me. I would have hooked if Mi-so slept in the parks and spent the rent at an indispensable basic cost. But she decided to share the burden with others, so she didn't lose anything. Of course, Jung-mi is rich to waste in throwing good food away, so in that episode it's almost Jung-mi's fault to reject Mi-so. But I doubt that Mi-so did well.

"Let's owe a favor to others just until I save the deposit of the house rent."

Can't she stop pursuing her own happiness until she save the deposit?

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