Korean Echoes film programme
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Director: Park Jung-bum
Cast: Park Jung-Bum, Jin Younguk, Kang Eujin, Park Youngdeok
Cert 15, 127mins, 2011
The Journals of Musan stars (and is written/directed by) Park Jung-bum as Seung-chul, a North Korean refugee who has defected to South Korea. He attempts to adjust to Seoul with a shy and submissive attitude. When Seung-chul is harassed by the authorities, he takes a new job at a karaoke bar to gain stability, an appropriate income, and less prejudice for being a defector. Seung- chul attends Mass every week in the hope that his spirituality will help him embrace his new surroundings.
The Journals of Musan is a precise character study in its detailed portrayal of alienation. But Park Jung-bum’s film also works as a broader exploration of the refugee experience; it illustrates the wide array of emotional adversity immigrants withstand: isolation, shame, hope, faith and even some humour.These are all on the spectrum of feelings that Seung-chul experiences and, we as an audience, experience with him.
Deptford Cinema, 26 Apr 2017 7:00 pm
Director: Zhang Lu
Chinese-Korean director Zhang Lu’s eighth feature follows fourteen foreigners from nine different countries who have left their home to work in South Korea. In this documentary, Lu asks each of these men to reveal the most vivid dream that remains in their memory since arriving in Korea.
Bordering the surreal, Lu conjures an evocative reflection on South Korea’s evolving social landscape.The dreams of all men seem to merge into one, as we learn about their longing to return to their hometowns, reunite with their lost families and embrace their mothers. In their dreams, their anxieties are juxtaposed with nostalgia for their childhood. By alternating these oniric recollections with images of the heavy machinery they operate in their work, Lu accentuates the striking contrast between the immensity of the equipment they employ and the fragility of the hopes they harbour.
Deptford Cinema, 31 May 2017 7:00 pm