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The Korean Wedding Chest (Die koreanische Hochzeitstruhe) (2009)

The Korean Wedding Chest (Die koreanische Hochzeitstruhe)

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The traditions of the Korean marriage ceremony and the realities of the 21st century wedding industry find an uneasy common ground in this documentary by filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger. In Korea, there are a number of strict traditions observed in the run-up to a traditional wedding, including a "Wedding Chest" that is prepared by the groom, packed with a variety of very specific gifts for the family, and carried to the home of the bride's parent on his back. There are also meetings between the families that are conducted following an etiquette that was established centuries ago. But as the influence of the West has come to hear on Korea, many couples strive to strike a balance between ancient traditions and contemporary styles and attitudes, and as the wedding planning industry has grown in Korea, professionals try to juggle the needs of both past and present in planning the celebration, often with curious results. While Ottinger treats his subjects with respect, The Korean Wedding Chest takes a witty view of that most common part of weddings -- trying to find a way of making everyone happy, which is easier said than done. The Korean Wedding Chest was an official selection at Toronto's 2009 Hot Docs Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International
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Written By: Ulrike Ottinger
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It is a rare chance to see the stunning, quiet work of Ottinger, whose films tell us only what we need to know. Nothing more, nothing less.

Full Review… | October 12, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Tenderly observed personal documentary on Korean wedding customs.

October 12, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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