Directed by Jiyoung Lee
Official Selection, 2013 Atlanta Film Festival
When you’re the props mistress working on your jackass boyfriend’s sexploitation film that he’s determined to make on his iPhone, sometimes you just have to go with the flow.
Inspired by a less-than-positive past relationship and Woody Allen’s “anti-characters,” MORAL SLEAZE, the first feature by Jiyoung Lee, dares to explore what happens when your boyfriend treats you like a wench, you’re morbidly afraid of bedbugs, you’re coerced into making illuminated underwear, and you’re also the caterer on an indie film set… which also happens to be your apartment. With a pit bull’s passive aggressiveness, Lee pokes fun at pretentious DIY video-making culture by creating a character who is both an unwilling participant and an annoyed observer of a ridiculous project that will surely bring her very little in return, let alone love.
With off-the-wall comedic timing that swerves around sense and decency, MORAL SLEAZE is the announcement of a new comedic talent in director and actor Jiyoung Lee. It’s awkward, but also weirdly adorable, maybe disgusting, definitely entertaining, and without doubt one of the most refreshing Asian American films we’ve seen in a while. –Wilda Wong