Rated by Tiffany Ran
Northwest Asian Weekly
“Bacchus” follows protagonist sassy So-young through her chaotic, take-no-prisoners life as a prostitute in Korea, at the ripe age of 65, that is. So-young and other senior prostitutes fall into a category of “Bacchus grannies” or bagkaseu halmeoni, a term that connotes cheap sex. Following a Bacchus Lady through the film will be a rollercoaster of emotions, from humor to sorrow and violence, as the film pans out to show a large generation of Korean elderly who are left with few financial options and community support at a late stage in life. The fast building, frenetic plot takes place in beautiful, polished, and well maintained public parks in the cusp of colorful, crisp autumn; a disconnection that is palpable throughout the film.
Characters in the film, from the buoyant prostitutes to their depressed clients, paint a poignant and very human look at the difficult predicament for real life Bacchus ladies who continue to ply their trade in the face of few options.
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