KoreanImported Total admissions: During a drunken mash-up with his buddies, his best friend Ki-sang Yook Sang-yup: Next day, Hyuk-jin arrives at Jeongseon only to find himself stranded without his friends.
Korean 83, Imported Total admissions: They are listed in the order of their release. Feathers in the Wind Sometimes small-scale, informal projects can liberate a director.
Without the pressure and weighty expectations involved in producing a major work, inspiration flows freely and the result is an even more accomplished piece of art. This may have been what happened with Git by Song Il-gon, the director of Flower IslandSpider Forestand various award-winning short films including The Picnic Git was originally commissioned as a minute segment of the digital omnibus film 1.
As an omnibus work, 1. But if Song betrayed the spirit of the omnibus project, he remained true to the needs of his film. While staying on a remote southern island off Jeju-do, he and his girlfriend of the time agreed to come back and meet at the same motel exactly ten years in the future.
Now, years after breaking up, he returns to the small island named Biyang-do, wondering if his ex-girlfriend will remember their appointment. As he waits, the pressures of his work life start to recede, and he becomes acquainted with the young woman who runs the motel.
Named Lee So-yeon played by -- sure enough -- actress Lee So-yeon of Untold Scandalthe woman is twelve years his junior, and possesses an unusual energy and enthusiasm.
Although the general path followed by the plot is pretty straightforward, Song leads us down many odd and fascinating detours. A peacock appears on the island, with no clear explanation or motivation. And the tango, a very un-Korean pasttime, makes a striking appearance in the film.
Git which means either a triangular flag or "feather" in Korean is surprising in several respects. One is that such a low-budget film looks so good visually. In Flower Island, Song showed an unusual talent for the aesthetics of digital cinema, but here he takes it one step further.
To capture a natural setting so well on a medium that often feels cold and sterile is an unusual accomplishment. The relaxed, convincing performances of the actors also deserve notice.
Lee So-yeon makes her slightly thin character memorable through considerable screen presence, while Jang Hyun-seong of independent films Nabi and Rewind gives the performance of his career. In a year that has been lacking in unexpected discoveries, Git is an exciting find.
At its rousing premiere at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, a prominent Korean film critic told me it may be the best romance Korea has ever produced.
One hopes that it will be liberated from the other two segments of 1. At 70 minutes, it is a perfectly respectable length for a stand-alone feature film, and this is a movie that deserves to travel.
Darcy Paquet Marathon There was a lot going on in the world of Korean film at the beginning of Korean movie reviews from , including The President's Last Bang, Crying Fist, A Bittersweet Life, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Welcome to Dongmakgol, and more.
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