93 minutes, in Korean with English subtitles
Directed by: Park Chan-Wook and more!
Starring: a ton of people
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Tuesday, July 10 @ 4pm (buy tickets)
The NYAFF is proud to present five short films all the way from the Land of the Morning Calm. Calm? These shorts are anything but. Headlined by Park Chan-Wook’s Nightfishing, the rest taken from the 10th Mise en Scène Short Film Festival, these movies represent some of the best genre filmmaking in Korea. The Mise en Scène Short Film Festival, established by some of Korea’s biggest filmmakers including Bong Joon-Ho and Park Chan-Wook, is a talent farm that has turned out Kim Ji-Woon cinematographer and Yeun Sang-Ho, director of King of Pigs.
Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy) and his brother (Park Chan-Kyong) turn in this 30 minute film originally shot for the iPhone, but which travelled much further. A performance by a rowdy folk-punk band kicks off the story of a fisherman who finds a dead woman tangled in his line. Only, she’s not quite dead yet. Swerving from oversaturated colors to grimy black-and-white, it’s a crafty little slice of occult unease.
THE HIDEOUT, dir. Lee Chang-Hee
A journalist is filing her story from an internet cafe late on a snowy night when she notices that the only other people there are three strange men…and one of them is wearing an ankle monitor. She’s going to have to use all her wits to survive the night.
HEART, dir. Erick Oh
An animated film about bizarre creatures in a bleak landscape battling over a heart. As their fight rages on they begin a strange metamorphosis. Striking, fluid, and weird enough to stick in your mind long after you see it.
THE LUCKY GUMBOY, dir. Choi Shin-choon
A strange kid arrives in Luck Town and makes friends with the class loser. The stranger has the ability to blow huge bubbles and he becomes a school hero as everyone gets obsessed with gum chewing, but can the friendship between the two kids survive all that Bubbilicious Gum?
FINIS OPERIS, dir. Moon Byoung-gon
A depressed man builds a mysterious device on a rainy day, but nothing we see is exactly what it seems. A brilliantly shot dark comedy, cut with a streak of hope.