A Documentary Film on High School in South Korea

This is a trailer for a joint United States and South Korean small budget, independent documentary that explores the pressures and social anxieties that South Korean students face. It’s set to be released in the summer of 2013.

It addresses some of the issues in my post below including South Korea having one of the highest rates of plastic surgery and suicide in the world.


  1. Cafe said:

    This is great they are making this documentary. I hope that through it they can somehow help these girls realize that they are beautiful the way they are. It’s a pretty sad thing 😦

  2. I see this every day at school with my kids and its so upsetting to me. This documentary looks incredible, I’ll keep a watch for it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Just wanted to drop by and thank you for visiting my blog and for the compliment. I’m interested in transpacific literature/culture, so your blog seems especially awesome! Will visit often. Thanks. 😀

  4. Carrie K said:

    My students all want the eyelid surgery and they’re elementary school students! Craziness….

    • I have heard from friends who live in South Korea that it’s extremely popular amongst the older students, but elementary school? How young are your students?

      • Carrie K said:

        The oldest are 12-13. A lot of their parents have told them they can have the surgery as a high school graduation gift. 😦

  5. ladyotaku said:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. The documentary’s really great. I’m not from Korea, and in a way I’m thankful for that. If their modern culture is so wrapped up in being beautiful, then I guess they’ll never be truly happy. I’m also thankful that despite my country’s awful history, being colonized and all by different countries, in a way it helped, instill in us that beauty can be found in different forms. Even if you don’t have big eyes, since we were under the Japanese regime, we also think that small eyes are beautiful. And we’re just thankful that we can actually see.We’re also used to being oppressed in the past that, we always look out for that silver lining, if we can’t pass a certain subject now, we don’t fret about it…oh, wait we do fret about about it, but…not to the point of committing suicide.

    looking forward for summer 2013!

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