Seoul’s main east-west avenue Jongno goes past the parklands around the Jongmyo Shrine, one devoted to the country’s past kings.
In the park old men gather to chat and play paduk, and some poor old women troll for customers. So-young (Youn Yuh-jung) is one of them. She totes a bag with Marlboros and the energy drink Bacchus, camouflage for the trade in sex she offers to her elderly patrons. Despite her basic decency and kindness, or rather precisely because of them, So-young’s life will take an even darker turn.