A Girl at My Door

Synopsis: Young-nam was a promising graduate of the police academy before she was transferred to the small seaside village, as a result of misconduct. On her first day in the village, she encounters Dohee, a girl living in the town with a gloomy looking face. As Young-nam tries to acclimate to her new surroundings, Dohee's grandma died in a car accident. To protect the girl from her stepfather's abuse, Young-nam lets Dohee stay at her place, but things become more mysterious as she gets to know her.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): July Jung
  8 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min


A Girl at My Door

Most of the income here

either comes from catching octopus,

or from farming oysters and fish.

The women, they usually mend nets,

or mend the tools needed for fishing,

that sort of thing.

Uh, who do we have here?

I told that woman not to ride

her bike on the main road!

Mrs. Jum-soon,

I told you not to ride that thing!

Or at least ride it sober.

Why don't you listen?

Buy me a bottle of rice wine

if you're gonna lecture me!


Who's this?

Is that your new bride?

Lucky you!

Have fun tonight!

Don't ride that thing,

it's dangerous!

See ya!

Damn, that was fast.

He told me he was gonna pick

them up.


Why so loud?

You coming later?

We'll see.

Hey, tell your mother

to stop riding that thing!

You kidding me? I'm surprised

she doesn't sleep with it.

God, she's stubborn.

Oh, this is our new station chief.

Say hello.

She's a pretty one.

Sexy girl, you know?

Huh? Bastard, watch your mouth.


Those guys in the car

they're mostly Southeast Asian

or Korean-Chinese.

They're the only ones

who'll work here.

It's a big problem.

The only people left in this village

are senior citizens.

That guy back there, Park Yong-ha.

He's the only one in town... young man.

I set out the basics for you.

If you need anything else, let me know.

I'll be fine.

Sorry to trouble you on

such short notice.

It's no trouble!

You'd be done faster if we helped.

It's okay. That's everything there.

They sell bottled water here, too.

I'll take that.

It's a bit heavy.

Don't look down on us

'cause you're from Seoul.

We have everything here!

Except for what we don't have...

Listen to you.

I'm getting tired of this,

you little b*tch.

You act like a f***ing whore.

Don't you avoid me!


What are you doing there?

What the f***?

This brat was supposed to give me

something, but she won't.

What is it you want so badly

that you all have to gang up on her?

What school do you go to?

One more time, and

I'll bash your head in with this.

What school?

It's the middle school

down the road, right?


You go to the same school as them?

Why'd they do this to you?

What's your name?

It's Dohee.

Sun Dohee.

Now I know your name,

I can find them too.

If they bother you again, tell them

the police will come and get them, okay?

Don't be half-assed, do it in red.

Here they are.

They sure are.

The beauty salon's going to

make some cash today.

That's right!

Shave their heads nice and smooth.


What do they eat that makes

them so black?

Girls, hurry up

and get ready for tonight!

Our chief is coming,

so we need time to prepare properly.

Right, Chief?

Look at her laugh.

I hope he doesn't get drunk

off his ass tonight.

Hey, it's Chief's turn now!

The verse is about to start.

Maybe Chief wants to do

a different song.

Hurry and come up here!

This song's already started.

She's an absolute killer

I'm so attractive

and loved by many

But I picked her out of the crowd

You're so beautiful

You're so sexy

You can't throw away bottles here.

I'll clean them all up.

Come over here, you little b*tch!

What the f***?

Are you okay?

Who the f*** are you?

Get away from my son!

Don't hurt him!

Who the hell are you?

- Leave my boy alone.

- Hey!

Leave my son alone

- Come here and get my cell phone.

- Leave my son alone!

It's in my pants pocket.

Leave him alone.

You're killing him!

Press 1 and hold it.

You're hurting my boy.

Hold it up to my ear.

This is Lee Young-nam.

Send a patrol car.

I'm at Park Yong-ha's house.

Hey. Wake up already.


Get up.

You think this is your home?


What's with you?

This isn't your living room.

- Sh*t.

- Don't act like...

I can't believe this.

Why'd you get so drunk?

You're lucky that

Chief went easy on you,

otherwise you'd have gone

straight to prison.

Why did you beat your child?

Who did?


Don't beat your kid.

Child abuse by parents is a crime.

Last night, you were caught in the act.

What the f***.

I can't discipline my own daughter?

How dare you speak

to the chief that way?

Go, you've been warned.

- Hey.

- Get out of here.


Get out.

Give me a ride.

You brought me here, so take me back.

Take me back.

Take him.

That girl isn't

Yong-ha's real daughter.

But he's been raising her

and sending her to school.

He drinks every so often

and gets a bit deranged.

But he takes care of

everything around town.

This town would not run

properly without him.

So we should allow him

to abuse his child?

That's not what I'm saying.

Alcohol is the problem.

Sun Dohee!

Come over here.

How often does your father

hit you like that?

Are you mute?

Why don't you talk?

You can't let him beat you

that way.

He doesn't hit me

when he doesn't drink.

- Dohee.

- Yes?

When an adult hits a child,

it's a very bad thing.

If someone beats you that hard,

you need to tell someone, okay?


Is it okay if I try the hat on?


If you're gonna do it,

do it right. Like this.

You f***ing little b*tch!

How dare you stand there blabbering?

Come here, you filthy mutt.

Damn b*tch.

Stop right there!

You no good f***ing b*tch,

got no respect.

Stop babbling, you f***er!


You dirty little b*tch.

Did you know the alumni association

was called because of you?

Investigations have been started,

a lot of people are in hot water.

I'm sorry.

This won't end just because

you say sorry and get relocated.

Anyway, watch yourself

in shallower waters.

It's easier to be scrutinized

in a small town.

Word travels fast, got it?

If something like that happens again,

no one can look after you. Be careful.

Get your act together.

Inspector Lee Young-nam is here.

Lee Young-nam, sir.

Sit down.

With your help,

I was safely reassigned.

Sure. It's been 10 days?

Yes, sir.

I don't have any bias in that area.

I don't want to make a fuss over

someone's personal affair.

But we are part of a community.

We shouldn't do things

that we know will cause trouble.

We have the school's

reputation to uphold.

If you lay low for about a year,

you should be able to return.

Thank you.

All right.

Take good care of yourself.

Thank you.

Chief Lee, come here

and have a drink with us!

Come on, we're roasting fish here!

It's windy today.

Come and play!

Dohee, come here!


What're you doing out

in the middle of the night?

Hey, when your father talks to you...

That little sh*t.

Huh? Isn't that the chief?

She's been following

the chief around lately.

She's clingy, like her mother.

Why do you keep following me?

You got something to say?

Then what's wrong?

Get on.

Hold on tight,

I'm going to go really fast.

What were you doing there

this morning?

I thought you were gonna

drown yourself in the sea.

I was practicing dance.

Go home. Don't roam around

at night. It's dangerous.

What's wrong?

Can I go with you?

Get inside.

You f***ing b*tch.

Where the f*** were you?

Stupid mutt. Acting like

a mutt, just like her mom.

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July Jung

Jung Joo-ri (born 1980), also known as July Jung, is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. Jung's directorial debut feature A Girl at My Door won the Best First Film at the 25th Stockholm International Film Festival. She also won the Best New Director at the 23rd Buil Film Awards and Best Director/Screenwriter at the 15th Women in Film Korea Awards in 2014, and Best Screenplay at the 2nd Wildflower Film Awards and Best New Director for film at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards in 2015. more…

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