The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Finding Mr. Destiny

In Finding Mr. Destiny, after 10 years, Ji-woo is still stuck on her first love. Because she is still stuck on her first love, Ji-woo is unable to move on and have a healthy and long-lasting romantic relationship so her father forces to go to the “First Love Agency,” an agency that tracks down your first love. From there, Ji-woo gets caught up in a series of hijinks.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Finding Mr. Destiny passes the Bechdel and race test, but it does not pass the Russo test.

Finding Mr. Destiny passes the Bechdel test because there are several instances where named women talk to each other without mentioning men (which is kind of surprising [even though a woman is the protagonist] because the plotline revolves around and involves a lot of men). The film also passes the race test because non-White characters (the film is Korean so the entire cast is Asian) constantly talk to each other and White people are never mentioned.

As to why the film does not pass the Russo test, there are no LGBTI characters in Finding Mr. Destiny.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

*The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a film passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in film. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the film.

Advertisements