Film: The Schoolgirls Diary
A 2007 film from North Korea
which was lucky enough to be distributed internationally via a French company.
Su-ryeon is a teenaged Na´ve Everygirl
who is upset that her scientist father is never around
and is frustrated that he has failed to obtain a doctorate. She also doesn't understand why her mother is so okay with it. Su-ryeon's younger sister, Su-ok, is a promising soccer star at their school. Eventually, Su-ryeon's father makes a breakthrough of some kind and she realizes the importance of selfless devotion to the State
You can see the film with English subtitles here
Provides Examples Of:
- Alpha Bitch: Dammit, you can't even get away from them in North Korea! Su-ryeon settles things with hers in an impromptu foot race of all things.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Cool Uncle: Su-ryeon has one.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Well, it's a good reason according to the film, anyway. Su-ryeon's father disappears for years at a time, but it's okay because he's working so hard for the glorious benefit of the State.
- Food Porn: Maybe not by Western standards, but enough for you to get the impression that the film is yelling, "Hey, look at how much food we have! Our nation is so prosperous and not starving at all!"
- A Minor Kidroduction
- Random Events Plot: The movie has a loose narrative and is very Slice of Life-y.
- Rule of Symbolism: Su-ryeon's father is Kim Jong-il, wisely and selflessly working for the betterment of everyone. Su-ryeon is the average North Korean citizen who selfishly wants the Dear Leader all to herself, but must learn that he's too busy to help everyone all the time. Since the producer of the film was Kim Jong-il himself, this might mean the father technically qualifies as a Canon Sue.
- Tomboy: Su-ok
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Su-ryeon's mother gets cancer, for a plot point about Dad not even showing up to provide moral support for that. The cancer issue disappears afterwards.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Su-ryeon's father. He's portrayed as being in the right for this, as his science career is equated with The Needs of the Many.