Between the Knees is a 1984 South Korean erotic drama film about a young woman with a traumatizing past. She grows to be a talented musician, with a fiancé. However, events from her and her family's past come back to haunt her in more ways than one.
Ja-young is a flutist. When her father has a child out of wedlock, her mother regards sex as a sin out of anger towards him. Ja-young grows up under her mother's exceedingly oppressive notions. Then by chance, Ja-young's sexual urges are expressed in an abnormal fashion. Her mother is shocked by her daughter's abnormal sexual tendencies. Ja-young's boyfriend Jo-bin starts to detest her but he slowly learns of her situation and begins to understand her. On the other hand, Ja-young suffers much by jealousy of her half-sister Bo-young and Chun Hyung-Seok who takes out his revenge on her. Ja-young ends up in the hospital. All of Ja-young's problems stem from a single source. After Jo-bin learns of the reason behind her actions, he deeply understands Ja-young.
Ja-young has a bespectacled boyfriend/fiance (Jo-bin), but she gives in to a more aggressive, more good-looking guy who is relentless in pursuing her. She lets him molest her while she's sunbathing on a beach, with her boyfriend nearby (33:23). While watching a musical performance in a theatre, the guy sits beside her and starts caressing her legs and inserts his hand between them (39:20). She runs outside. He follows her and forces himself on her initially. She gives in and they have sex on the grass, under the pouring rain.
Ja-young is a rape magnet and is raped several times in the movie. Most times, she gives in and enjoys them because of the trauma she experienced in her childhood.
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