26 minutes 16mm 1995

The morning after a break-in at her Korean immigrant father's convenience store, Il Bae, 20-something and strong-willed, catches a hunky shoplifter-only to discover he's a Native Canadian friend's brother to whom she's powerfully attracted. In the space of one day Il Baie's family routine collides with her New World romance, catching her between loyalty to her father and her passion for a new lover with a checkered past. Physical chemistry, cross-cultural confusions, racism, and the constant threat of urban violence converge in this fast-paced, wryly humorous take-off on love at first sight where trust and desire strike a delicate balance.

"Smart and sexy. Lee plays with, and challenges, cultural and gender stereotypes. Toss a gun into actress Sandra Oh's curious hands and [the] theme of dangerous pleasure takes off."
Ingrid Randoja, NOW Magazine

"A story of pursuit where the gender tables are turned: the girl ends up with her man and the gun." Olympia Film Society

“The luminous Sandra Oh stars as a hip adventurous daughter of a hardworking, pious Korean grocery store owner, plagued by petty thefts. Full of flash and fantasy, Prey is a truly fun film that ends with a bang.” (Toronto International Festival)


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Reviews & Articles:

Prey, In Seoul Magazine

John Doyle's Critical List, Broadcast Week

Film fest's local crop comes up strong, by Ingrid Randoja, Now Magazine

Automatic Script with Korean Translation, Written and Directed by Helen Lee, draft, March 19, 1995