YIM Soon-rye tells of women’s lives and marginalized lives in a plain format and calm narrative. Her short film received critical acclaim before her feature debut with (1996). Her sympathy for those who are marginalized to the fringe of society continued to show in her films with (2001), a drama about a third-rate nightclub band that travels from one small town to another for a gig. (2008), based on the true story of the 2004 Korean women’s national handball team that won the silver medal at the Athens Olympics, was a box office success that sold four million tickets in Korea. The movie’s cast of popular actors, comic script, and tear-inducing moments so seem like a transition from old YIM Soon-rye movies, but the fact that also depicts Korean women who suffer from men’s discriminatory treatment puts the movie on the same line as YIM’s past works. In 2013, he released , a more accomplished (and successful) return to politically conscious film making.