The popularity of Korean films and television series has continued unabated now for nearly a decade (see: Dae Jang Geum, Old Boy and the recent Hollywood remake of Il Mare). And if we are to judge by the short films presented here, we can conclude that the Koreans may very well continue to dominate Asian cinema for some time to come.
Dir: Uhm Se-youn | 2006 | South Korea | Digibeta | 18 min
The beach is a classic backdrop for break-ups. A man and a woman reluctantly say their last goodbyes, while flashbacks recall their first encounter while still in high school. Beautifully photographed and wistfully nostalgic, this romance is reminiscent of the best works of Hur Jin-ho (One Fine Spring Day).
Uhm Se-youn was born in Seoul in 1980. A graduate of The Korean National University of Arts, Uhm has been directing shorts since 2002.
Dir: Park Soo-young & Park Jae-young | 2005 | South Korea | 35mm | 21 min
A cheating husband. A rebellious daughter. A suicidal mother. A son preoccupied with nuclear shelters. And a nuclear bomb sent from the North. What is the matriarch of a family to do?? A wicked black comedy that plays with recent politics while examining the breakdown in today’s nuclear family.
Park Soo-young was born in 1976 in Jinju, Korea and later graduated from the Hanyang University. His brother, Park Jae-young, was born in 1978 and attended the Kyunghee Cyber University. Together they have directed two films together.
Dir: Aaron Kim | 2005 | South Korea | 35mm | 30 min
In one modern city, indifference and isolation have driven people to commit suicide in droves. Soo-yeon meets another recent suicide attempter in the car park of her complex. Can the two forge a relationship strong enough to overcome the urge kill themselves once again? A disturbing yet thought-provoking thesis into the nature of loneliness.
Aaron Kin was born in 1976 in Seoul. He attended the Graduate School of Dongguk University. Glasshouse is his first film.
Dir: Gozipsen Lim | 2006 | South Korea | 25mm | 18 min
Though this Nobody Knows is unrelated to the acclaimed Japanese film by Hirokazu Kore-eda, the issue of neglect in modern society is also powerfully and observantly portrayed here. In the countryside, one pack of yoghurt is delivered to the elderly each day. But what happens when the yoghurt is not picked up?
Gozipsen Lim was born in 1970 in Andong and graduated from the Kyonggi University. Nobody Knows is his third short film.