The dramedy Miss Granny arrived in US theaters on Jan 24. The film was released in Los Angeles (CGV Cinemas), and other theaters in New York (Bay Terrace) and New Jersey (Edgewater Multiplex) will be screening it on Jan 31.
The film tells the story of a 74-year-old widow, Oh Mal-soon (Na Moon-hee) who is told by her son that she is being sent to a nursing home. She wanders about the streets and comes across a rinky-dink photo studio. She decides to dress up and takes a self-portrait. When she walks out of the photo studio, the foul-mouthed old lady mysteriously turns back into her 20-year-old self. Setting out to reach her lifelong dream of singing and finding love, she decides to enjoy her youth once again and changes her name to Oh Doo-ri (Shim Eun-kyung).
The film features Na Moon-hee of Twilight Gangsters (2010) and Cruel Winter Blues (2006), and Shim Eun-kyung who successfully transitioned as a lead actress via Sunny (2011)–which deals with the story of seven women, crosscutting between their lives in the present and the 1980s that first brought them together as teenagers. Renowned for depiction of the period, witty dialogue and performances of the ensemble cast, Sunny drew more than 7 million admissions.
Shim Eun-kyung told KOBIZ, “I was a bit intimidated by the script when I first read it, but then I realized I had a grandmother-like quality in me. The way I spoke and walked in this film is just like I am most of the time.” She also added, “This film is quite close to my heart as it is the first film for me to star in not as a child actor, but as full-fledged actress.”
Na Moon-hee also talked about her role, “Miss Granny brought out a nature in me that has never been expressed before.”
Miss Granny is the third feature film by director Hwang Dong-hyuk. His previous work, Dogani (2011)–released as The Crucible or Silenced overseas–gained national attention for fictionalizing the actual event of where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members.
“With My Father and Silenced, I always seemed to be making social films with dark subject matters, but in reality, I am a fun person. This time I really wanted to make a happy and light film.” Director Hwang told KOBIZ.
Miss Granny, hoping to grab the Lunar New Year crowd, was released domestically on Jan 22.