The Jechon International Music and Film Festival (제천국제음악영화제)

JIMFF 2013: Korean Music Film Now

The Jechon International Music and Film Festival (제천국제음악영화제)

The Jechon International Music and Film Festival (제천국제음악영화제)

With the 9th Jechon International Music and Film Festival (제천국제음악영화제) just around the corner (August 14th-19th) a number of special film programs have been lined up for film fans. In addition to the international competition entitled ‘World Music Film Today’, other categories include ‘Cine Symphony,’ ‘Music in Sight,’ ‘Theme and Variations,’ Family Fest,’ a ‘Special Retrospective for Peter Chan,’ and ‘Cinema Concert.’

However for Korean film fans the ‘Korean Music Film Now’ program will undoubtedly be the most exciting. Separated into three areas – features, shorts 1 and shorts 2 – the category is a showcase for the best in contemporary film involving music. There are a range of genres from fiction to experimental to documentary, all examining the nature and relationship of Korean culture with music.

Each film in the program has been profiled below, many accompanied with a trailer, in order to see the selection on offer.

Korean Music Film Now – Features

Born to Sing (전국노래자랑)

Born to Sing (전국노래자랑)

Born to Sing (전국노래자랑)

Director: Lee Jong-pil (이종필)

Synopsis: The drama depicts aspiring singer Bong-nam who dreams of becoming famous, while his long-suffering wife supports them through her hair salon. When a nationwide competition is launched he believes this is his big chance.

Moon Glow (문글로우)

Moon Glow (문글로우)

Moon Glow (문글로우)

Director: Chang Hae-rang (장해랑)

Synopsis: This documentary follows Korea’s first generation of jazz players as they enter their 80s. Yet they are still young at heart, and recount all the trails they have overcome as they prepare for a performance.

Neighborhood Orchestra (우리동네오케스트라)

Neighborhood Orchestra (우리동네오케스트라)

Neighborhood Orchestra (우리동네오케스트라)

Director: Ham Dong-kuk (함동국)

Synopsis: The passion of a music teacher and his students are the subject of this documentary, as they rise from amateurs to playing with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rockin' on Heaven's Door (뜨거운 안녕)

Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door (뜨거운 안녕)

Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door (뜨거운 안녕)

Director: Danny Nam (남택수)

Synopsis: The drama depicts a spoilt Kpop star whose bad behaviour lands him in community service at a hospital. When the institution faces financial difficulty, the star joins the band to help.

Korean Music Film Now – Shorts 1

Freedom of the Wind (바람의 자유)

Freedom of the Wind (바람의 자유)

Freedom of the Wind (바람의 자유)

Director: Woo Seong-ha (우성하)

Synopsis: Exploring the life of a 50 year old singer-songwriter, this 27 minute documentary explores his attempts to be free like the wind through his music. Please see below for the trailer.

The Jazz Quartet (더 재즈 쿼텟)

The Jazz Quartet (더 재즈 쿼텟)

The Jazz Quartet (더 재즈 쿼텟)

Director: Yoo Dae-eol (유대얼)

Synopsis: The Jazz Quartet portrays the lives of four musicians who, due to their ‘sloppy’ musical skill, wait on tables in order to make ends meet. However interesting things begin happening after their 5th anniversary.

The Journey

The Journey

The Journey

Director: Lim Wang-tae (임왕태)

Synopsis: Little is known about this 10 minute experimental film by director Lim Wang-tae, except that it follows a group of people walking through a forest, then on a road, towards the ocean.

Korean Music Film Now – Shorts 2

Circus: Watch My Show (서커스: 워치마이쇼)

Circus: Watch My Show (서커스: 워치마이쇼)

Circus: Watch My Show (서커스: 워치마이쇼)

Director: Yang Hyo-joo (양효주)

Synopsis: Another experimental offering, the film using dancing to explore the themes and connotations derived from the circus. Please see below for the trailer.

Ogu-gut for Mr. Heo (허창열씨 오구굿)

Ogu-gut for Mr. Heo (허창열씨 오구굿)

Ogu-gut for Mr. Heo (허창열씨 오구굿)

Director: Kang Ji-won (강지원)

Synopsis: The ogu-gut shamantic ritual is explored through this documentary, capturing traditional Korean cultural forms involving the after-life.

Who Made It? (누가 만들었을까?)

Who Made It? (누가 만들었을까?)

Who Made It? (누가 만들었을까?)

Director: Ji Tae-kyoung (지태경)

Synopsis: The nature of creation is explored in this documentary about Jeju Island, as a band captures the natural sounds from the land to reflect its beauty. Is music therefore divine?

For more detail please visit the official JIMFF website here.

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The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul

GFFIS 2013: The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul

The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul

The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul

Kicking off on the 9th of May and running through until the 16th, the 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul (GFFIS) will take place at CGV cinemas in Yongsan. The festival screens films that highlight environmental matters from all over the world, ranging from GMO foods to corporate corruption, animal welfare to government protesting, and that great variety continues to be present within the 2013 edition.

Opening with the Matt Damon starring Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant, the festival boasts an impressive array of international screenings. For the full list of films please visit the official website here (in Korean), however featured below are the Korean entries that will emphasize the environmental issues occurring within the country.

But first, be sure to check out the official trailer for the festival:

Korean Films

International Environmental Film Category

Forest Dancing (춤추는 숲)

Forest Dancing (춤추는 숲)

Forest Dancing (춤추는 숲)

Director: Kang Seok-pil (강석필)

Synopsis: The documentary follows the residents of a small village community in Seoul, who protest against a building project that will raze part of a mountain to make way for a private academy.

Korean Environment Category:

Boiler (남양주는 모른다)

Boiler (남양주는 모른다)

Boiler (남양주는 모른다)

Director: Lee Hyun-Ji (이현지)

Synopsis: Fictional film Boiler explores the lives of a handful of binge drinking tunnel laborers. Their mundane existence is changed however when they discover something underground while working.

Cats and Dogs (그 강아지 그 고양이)

Cats and Dogs (그 강아지 그 고양이)

Cats and Dogs (그 강아지 그 고양이)

Director: Min Byung-Woo (민병우)

Synopsis: The first film to be shot entirely using the iphone 4s, this romantic-comedy depicts the lives of two pet owners and their relationships.

Cats in the Pool (수영장의 고양이들)

Cats in the Pool (수영장의 고양이들)

Cats in the Pool (수영장의 고양이들)

Director: Kim Bo-Kyoung (김보경)

Synopsis: In this animated short, a man hits a cat while driving. The guilt of the event causes him to hallucinate the cat – and other felines – wherever he goes.

Cement Town Tragedy (투구꽃 그 마을)

Cement Town Tragedy (투구꽃 그 마을)

Cement Town Tragedy (투구꽃 그 마을)

Director: Oh Kyu-Ik (오규익)

Synopsis: The documentary examines a small town and the impact of a cement plant built 50 years ago, and the fallout of hazardous materials on the health of the community.

Cruel Inheritance - Heredity (잔인한 내림 – 遺傳)

Cruel Inheritance – Heredity (잔인한 내림 – 遺傳)

Cruel Inheritance – Heredity (잔인한 내림 – 遺傳)

Director: Kim Hwan-Tae (김환태)

Synopsis: Cruel Inheritance is a documentary concerned with the ramifications of the atomic energy and bombs, from Hiroshima in 1945 through to Fukushima in 2011.

Fog and Smoke (안개와 연기)

Fog and Smoke (안개와 연기)

Fog and Smoke (안개와 연기)

Director: Cha Jea-Min (차재민)

Synopsis: Experimental film Fog and Smoke explores the complicated and intense emotions involved in the development of a city in the port of Incheon., including issues related to the financial crisis.

Green Slime (녹색물질)

Green Slime (녹색물질)

Green Slime (녹색물질)

Director: Kwon Oh-Kwang (권오광)

Synopsis: This 12 minute short fiction film portrays a group of friends who reunite in a bar, and recount their childhood story involving a ‘green monster’.

The Hours of Tree (나무의 시간)

The Hours of Tree (나무의 시간)

The Hours of Tree (나무의 시간)

Director: Jeong Da-Hee (정다희)

Synopsis: Exploring the life of trees across seasons and beyond, this animated short is concerned with the way life unfolds and develops for vegetation, and the very meaning of existence.

KBS Environment Special; Experiment Excrement (KBS 환경스페셜: 똥을 실험하다)

KBS Environment Special; Experiment Excrement (KBS 환경스페셜: 똥을 실험하다)

KBS Environment Special; Experiment Excrement (KBS 환경스페셜: 똥을 실험하다)

Director: Shin Dong-Man (신동만)

Synopsis: The environmental impact of human waste is examined in this KBS documentary, portraying the thoughtless consumption of materials every time a person flushes the toilet.

A Monster in the Reservoir (저수지의 괴물)

A Monster in the Reservoir (저수지의 괴물)

A Monster in the Reservoir (저수지의 괴물)

Director: Lee Sung-Gang (이성강)

Synopsis: The life of a monster who dwells in a reservoir is portrayed in this animated short. When human development approaches, the monster’s home is threatened.

Paldang (팔당 사람들)

Paldang (팔당 사람들)

Paldang (팔당 사람들)

Director: Kauh Eun-Jin (고은진)

Synopsis: Paldang examines the issues involved in farming in contemporary Korea, from government subsidies to organic farming and wind power, and the conflicts that arise.

Souvenir Animation

Souvenir Animation

Souvenir Animation

Director: Kang Min-ji (강민지)

Synopsis: This 11 minute animated film explores the keepsakes and mementos that are obtained over time through traveling. The photos and ornaments from trips in different times state the importance of travel.

Sweet Temptation (잘 먹고 잘 사는 법)

Sweet Temptation (잘 먹고 잘 사는 법)

Sweet Temptation (잘 먹고 잘 사는 법)

Director: Jeong Han-Jin (정한진)

Synopsis: A young boy who had previously only consumed organic foods is suddenly introduced to chocolate, and begins to question his lifestyle.

Talking Architecture, City:Hall (말하는 건축, 시티:홀)

Talking Architecture, City:Hall (말하는 건축, 시티:홀)

Talking Architecture, City:Hall (말하는 건축, 시티:홀)

Director: Jeong Jae-eun (정재은)

Synopsis: The difficulties of the new city hall project in Seoul are captured in this documentary, exemplifying the struggle of old versus new.

Who Made It? (누가 만들었을까?)

Who Made It? (누가 만들었을까?)

Who Made It? (누가 만들었을까?)

Director: Ji Tae-kyoung (지태경)

Synopsis: The beautiful landscapes of Jeju Island are the focus of this documentary. The people of Jeju and their relationship to the surroundings are also featured, alongside Jeju musicians.

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