“Army: 600 Thousand Portraits” documents 21 month process of the compulsory South Korean military service from a point of view of an individual soldier “Woochul”. While Woochul goes through 6 weeks of intensive basic military training and onto join the “honor guard” troop, audience follows “Woochul”’s emotional journey throughout his military service. The film will follow Woochul’s journey of transforming himself into a modern soldier and a highly skilled performer.
The motto of an indie music label BGBG Reocord is "Sustainable DoReMi". I never questioned about this motto because there was a super rock star "Chang Kiha" in this label when I first joined this company as an artist manager. However the super rock star left the label and Sultan of the Disco became the biggest band in this label. The "Boos Bear" is still trying hard to make possible the motto with this band but the South Korean music market is not quite beneficial for a small music company. When it rains, it pours. Nahzam Sue, the leader of Sultan of the Disco has been stuck in writer's block. Would it be possible for this band to make their second album?
My Dear Lines tells a story of a talented country girl ,Ms. Ji, also a migrate worker who works as a waitress in an art school’s dining hall, living with only USD 100 a month but never surrenders to fate and keeps her belief in art and future. The documentary My Dear Lines reflects how those migrant families survive under the background of globalization and modernization of China. The struggle in mundane dilemma is a common theme of mankind since Greek Tragedy times. My Dear Lines established intimate relationship with the main character, following closely with Ms. Ji’s daily life and inner feelings. The film’s style offered viewers the possibilities to enter her floating destiny. With the beautiful lines drawings she created, the inner emotion sequences were beautifully constructed with strong story arch and visualisation
Eunmi, a woman who underwent intense anticommunist education as she grew up in South Korea, lives a normal life in America. However, after going on a trip to North Korea with her husband, her life begins to change. During an open forum event in South Korea that she was invited to speak at, she suffers the unimaginable and the more she tries to escape from the situation, the worse and worse it gets.
I’ve traveled countless times from Seoul to Hong Kong to see my Chinese girlfriend throughout our seven year relationship. This story covers our romance alongside another couple’s; my best friend and his wife’s – my girlfriend’s twin sister. Full of romance, our earnest love story navigates through daunting trials and obstacles leading to an international marriage. However the dreams of a happy wedding start falling apart; cultural differences, communication and economic hurdles, and other small misunderstandings start to cause friction. Can we break free from a generation whose decline in marriage and childbirth are notorious and fulfill our own happy ending?
“Hello, I’m Itami Jun.” An old architect introduces himself to a class of students in murmuring Korean. The architect’s lifetime achievements had been recognized by numerous prestigious awards including French Arts Medal, Japan’s most prestigious architecture award, Murano Togo Award. He was the first generation Korean architect who gained an international acclaim under his own brand. He did not get recognition from neither the Korean nor the Japanese architecture world until in his 50’s. Throughout his life, he lived as a ‘stranger’ who was never fully integrated into the Japanese nor the Korean society. The young foreign student who graduated from a small university in Tokyo found his first job in the field after much difficulties. He then, travelled around the world developing perspective in architecture. At the same time, he studied traditional art of Korea. The soft and curvaceous lines of the traditional white pottery can be found in the roof design of Podo Hotel. Through the water, wind and stone museum, the viewers experience the space that is an art in itself, that transforms with the changing seasons. The people who personally knew and worked with Itami give their accounts of the architect in the space he created.
In Japan, hate speech has gained significant public attention in recent years, even being elected as the most popular term in 2013 because of the hate speech rallies led by extreme rightists. One of the leading right-wing groups is Zaitokukai, meaning the “Association of Citizens Against the Special Privileges of the Zainichi Japanese”. Against them, there are also groups who oppose all sorts of discrimination in Japan. These anti-hate speech protestors are called “Counters.” This film features a group of Counters named the Otoko-Gumi, who clash against the Zaitokukai regularly by using the special talents of their unique members
Women eat, sleep, and bleed. This bleeding has been symbolized as mystery, impurity, and inferiority, but this long-lasting taboo around menstruation started to cracking up. Women all over the world voiced up and NPR crowned 2015 as the Year of Period. This big wave has arrived in Korea. The wall of information collapse, and women demand their right to choose how to bleed. For Vagina's Sake follows the history of bleeding and social issues happening in modern societies. With colorful animation and fast-paced editing style, it is nicknamed as "Period Wikipedia."
The film chronicles Maria’s hopes, dreams, and crucial reality for two years to lay bare the legalized system of sex trafficking between South Korea and the Philippines. Maria has been dreaming about escaping from her slum neighborhood in Davao, Philippines, and getting a job abroad. When Maria was introduced to a talent manager, Madam Yolanda, her dream was about to come true. Manager Yolanda operates a training center and a temporary boarding house in Manila for women like Maria. Yolanda has witnessed the ups and downs of the sex industries of neighboring Asian countries and sees the openings in the industry as job opportunities for poor Filipino women.
One day, a man came up to me and stated that he is reincarnated of a soldier who died from a war. Together, we went out to search for the places where him and his comrades might have been killed. Ever since then, I felt a presence of someone hovering around me. At first, I tried to deny it, but as time goes by, I became quite comfortable in one’s presence. The deceased from the war and suffering of women whose lives were affected by war hovers around like a ghost all over the place; among this life and afterlife, reality and imaginary, night and day.. The lives of women that has been disappeared and dispersed, yet still withstood above all, are all ghosts of our creation. I recall a woman who is giving birth to a child in the middle of a battlefield where soldiers are dying in a pool of blood, where life and death cross their paths.
There are the military's concrete structures around the DMZ, Seoul, and northern Gyeonggi, e.g. protection against antitank, dragon teeth, dugouts, and bunkers. Built under the emergency operations in the 70s, they got neglected after the Cold War, and now are fading away with development. H, a taxi driver in Paju, remembers this as a hideout in childhood where he used to sneak cigarettes and date with girls. To a farmer, L, this was a scary, haunted place. But official memory of the protective wall is actually related with propaganda of the Park Chung-hee's government. Structures copied from Hitler's ones performed its duty for anti-communist ideology for the reign of terror in that era. The death of Kim Jong-chul, a half black born in Seonyu-ri, Paju, resembles the birth and death of these structures. Born in the middle of the Cold War, he lived in a bunker next to the wall and was killed by strangers because of development fund. The movie aims to dig into a grey tomb, which is a tomb of the era and also that of the truth represented by Kim Jong-chul.