Miss Baek is a 2018 South Korean drama film directed by Lee Ji-won and starring Han Ji-min, Kim Si-a, and Lee Hee-joon. The film was released on October 11, 2018, with an age 15-rating, for some violence and language. It was also selected to screen at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival and at the Stories of Woman program of the 3rd London East Asia Film Festival in London on October 25, 2018.
Small but tough Baek Sang Ah, known as Miss Baek, comes across a young girl, Ji Eun, a victim of domestic violence by her game-junkie father and his girlfriend. A lifetime of abandonment, abuse, and prejudice has taught Miss Baek how to shut others out, but she slowly opens up to Jieun she sees as a mirror of herself. When Ji Eun finally runs away from despairing violence Miss Baek whose sense of helplessness was pushing her to let Jieun go vows to fight for Ji Eun, even if it meant risking her own life.
|Han Ji Min||Baek Sang Ah|
|Kim Shi Ah||Ji Eun|
|Lee Hee Joon||Jang Sub|
|Kwon So Hyun||Joo Mi Kyung|
|Baek Soo Jang||Kim Il Gon|
|Jang Young Nam||Jung Myung Sook|
|Kim Sun Young||Jang Hoo Nam|
On its opening day, the film grossed US$154,667 from 21,891 attendance and finished in third place. The film finished in third place during its debut weekend, grossed US$1.3 million from 161,468 attendance. During its second weekend, the film fell to fourth place with US$1.1 million gross, though dropping just 11% in gross compared to its debut weekend. On November 3, the film surpassed its break-even point at 700.000 attendance. As of November 18, 2018, the film grossed US$5.4 million from 721,183 total attendance.
Asian Movie Pulse has reviewed Miss Baek as following - Miss Baek tackles a very difficult subject, yet it manages to do so with such expertise, marking a solid debut for director Lee Ji-won and making her a talent to watch for in future. Featuring strong performances and excellent technical aspects, it is a film that deserves a much wider audience and makes for essential viewing.
It has the scores of 8.2 on Mydramalist, 9.6 on Rakuten Viki, & 6.6 on IMDB.
VII. Awards & Nominations
|38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Kwon So-hyun||Won|
|38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Top 11 Films||Miss Baek||Won|
|3rd London East Asia Film Festival||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Kwon So-hyun||Nominated|
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Director||Lee Ji-won||Nominated|
|5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|10th KOFRA Film Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|Cine 21 Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|19th Women in Film Korea Festival||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|13th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Nominated|
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Film||Miss Baek||Nominated|
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Won|
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Kwon So-hyun||Won|
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Screenplay||Lee Ji-won||Nominated|
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Director||Lee Ji-won||Won|
|3rd Sharm El Sheikh Asian Film Festival||Best Actress||Kim Si-a||Won|
|24th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Nominated|
|24th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Kwon So-hyun||Nominated|
|24th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best New Director||Lee Ji-won||Nominated|
|28th Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Nominated|
|28th Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Kwon So-hyun||Nominated|
|28th Buil Film Awards||Best New Director||Lee Ji-won||Nominated|
|21st Asian Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Nominated|
|56th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Han Ji-min||Nominated|