A psychological landscape of Korean teenagers as reflected in globally popular online role-playing games.
“I am Kim Na-yeon, Jessica, Shan, Merche, and Merhim.” In this documentary, Na-yeon can be anything she wants and create any story she likes. In the open world set up within the documentary, Na-yeon/Merhim makes new friends. They put together at the community titled ‘E.S.P.’ and finally embark upon an adventure. Going back and forth between their schools, homes, part-time jobs and the open world, the stories they create present many twists and turns.
E.S.P. explores a new perception of the teenage ego and existence, and at the same time records stories that unfold in young people’s psychological landscape.
Born in 1986 in Seoul, JUNG Jae-hoon started making films with Someone's Heart (2005), and since then has made various narrative shorts such as Tenderly (2013) and feature documentaries, Hosu-gil (2009) and Hurrahh! (2011), which have been screened at film festivals such as Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Seoul Independent Film Festival, and Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival. The 212-minute-long Turbulence at Dodoli Hill (2017) is his latest film.
Born in 1987 in Tokyo and raised in Jeju and Seoul, KO Yoohee studied the history and aesthetics of cinema and documentary in the context of contemporaneity in graduate school. She worked for feature documentaries such as Scenery (2013, associate director), and KIM-GUN (2018, producer), as well as for contemporary art projects at Asia Culture Center Theater (ACCT). She is currently producing feature documentary E.S.P. with Director Jung Jae-hoon.
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