One film stayed with me long after the annual Far East Film Festival took place, online in summer 2020 rather than in its customary Udine location in spring: Vertigo. No, not the Hitchcock one. This Vertigo (Beotigo, Jeon Kye-soo, 2019) is a recent South Korean rom-com about a young woman office worker. It starts out as a very lame office-girl fantasy. (Yes, there will be plot spoilers.) Seo-young seems to have it all. She has escaped her abusive rural childhood via a college education and landed a job in a Seoul office full of important people doing important things. Every day, she takes the high-speed elevator to her steel-and-glass perch in the sky, and sneaks away during evening overtime for passionate sex with the most handsome young boss in the office.

Unfortunately for Seo-young—but fortunately for the audience—it all starts to go wrong very quickly. It is...

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