HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD is a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Bora Kim and set in South Korea. Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Young-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.
After a robust festival run (including Tribeca, Fantasia, Berlin, SIFF, Heartland, and Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival) and winner of over 50 awards, this coming-of-age indie has critics’ support (currently 100% on RT) and marks another high point in modern South Korean cinema.
“House of Hummingbird” reminds me again that the future of South Korean cinema indeed depends on Kim and many other talented female South Korean filmmakers out there” – Seongyong Cho, RogerEbert.com