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A trans woman returns to her rural roots after her estranged father’s passing, in this beautiful and powerful Korean drama.

Shin Myung is a waacking queen on the Seoul nightclub scene, trying to save money for gender affirming surgery. But the unexpected death of her father forces her to return to a life long left behind, to lead a Buddhist mourning dance ritual. Her defiant presence in the community that once ostracised her is both a source of controversy to some and an unexpected beacon of hope to others, especially her closeted gay cousin. Guided by the spirit of a peafowl, she finds herself not only reconnecting with the past, but reinvigorating her passion for dance. Featuring a gripping tour-de-force performance from real-life waacking star Haejun, Peafowl is a story of fierce authenticity and defiance.

Content warning: contains transphobia and misgendering

Australian Premiere

Watcha Award, Busan International Film Festival 2022

“This is a confident, colourful and smart crowdpleaser.”

Screen Daily

“There’s a lot of interesting work here and it’s startling to realise that it’s director Byun Sung-bin’s first venture into features.”

Eye for Film

About Peafowl
  • Community

    Transgender Women Gay Men
  • Director

    Byun Sung-bin
  • Writer

    Byun Sung-bin
  • Cast

    Hae-jun Kim U-gyeom
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: M-Line Distribution
  • Program Strand

    Narrative Feature
  • Blurb Writer

    Sevana Ohandjanian
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