DirectorPark Chan-ok Music directorJeong Hun-yeong Duration CountrySouth Korea
Release dateApril 18, 2003 (2003-04-18) Initial releaseMarch 13, 2003 (The Hague) CastSeo Young-Hee, Park Hae-Il, Chong-ok Bae, Moon Sung-keun Similar moviesPark Chan-ok directed Jealousy Is My Middle Name and Paju
Jealousy Is My Middle Name (Hangul: 질투는 나의 힘; RR: Jiltuneun naui him) is a 2003 South Korean film. It won Best Film honors at the Busan International Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival and was the directorial debut of Park Chan-ok. It was inspired by the poem of the same name by Ki Hyung-do.
Quiet, intelligent, solemn and recently dumped by his girlfriend, graduate student Lee Weon-san (Park Hae-il) takes a job at a literary magazine, ostensibly to supplement his income, but really to get close to the editor - the reason he’s now single. The editor (Moon Sung-keun), unaware of who Lee is, takes a shine to him and makes him his personal assistant. He likes having him around as he’s the only person he feels comfortable with, which means he often takes advantage of Lee’s passive nature, making him run errands for him all over town.
The fiercely independent Lee, however, works without complaint, having started a new relationship with part-time photographer/part-time vet Park Seong-yeon (Bae Jong-ok). When she takes a full-time job at the magazine, however, Lee pleads with her not to get involved with the editor, a plea that goes unheeded and sets Lee thinking once again about vengeance. It’s here that the film really starts to veer from the conventional path.