Director: Ahn Jae-hoon and Han Hye-jin
Cast: Shin Eun-soo, Noh Kang-min
Cert U, 48mins, 2017
This sensitive, painterly evocation of two children’s life experiences will introduce new viewers to an iconic Korean short story by Hwang Sun-won. Originally published in the 1950s, Hwang’s story depicts a country boy’s curiosity about a girl from Seoul, who plays alone by a stream. The animated version, directed by Ahn Jae-hoon and Han Hye-jin, fondly shows the endless moments of childhood. The youngsters’ emotions run far deeper than the inarticulate words they have to express them.
The children are often framed as small figures embedded in shining country backdrops, part of the cycle of nature. There’s a recurring visual motif of a line of stepping stones across a wide stream, representing a life challenge for the boy who’s so fascinated by the new girl. Fans of Japanese animation may see parallels with some of anime’s most delicate works.
Phoenix, 03 Nov 2018 12:00 pm
Director: Kim Hyun-ho and Yun Je-wan
Cast: Lee Sun, Lee Mi-ja, Ham Su-jung
Cert U, 79mins, 2017
This cheery computer cartoon features Pororo the penguin, who is beloved in Korea. His TV adventures have entertained kids since 2003. He’s also a symbol of diplomacy; the early Pororo TV episodes were co-produced between North and South Korea.
Pororo and his animal pals have been exported to more than 100 counties, but don’t worry if you’ve not met them before, as it’s easy as pie to pick up this penguin. In this feature-length adventure, Pororo and co travel from their snowy home to a tropical island to save its gentle dinosaurs from a greedy blue-skinned alien and his army of incompetent robots. Expect madcap chases and battles, some echoes of sci-fi blockbusters (Wall-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008), The Phantom Menace (George Lucas, 1999)) and the obligatory Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg,1993) joke.
Phoenix, 10 Nov 2018 12:00 pm