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THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS 9 “GYEONGJU”

FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR YASUHIRO HARIKI PRESENTS
THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS

If you missed this film during our festival, I highly recommend that you try and see it in a theater or film festival nearest you, or why not rent out the video if it’s available.

“Gyeongju” (2014/Korea)
Directed by Zhang Lu

Zhang Lu takes you on a mysterious trip to the old capital of Gyeongju…

It’s been awhile but film director Zhang Lu presents us with his 4th film in Fukuoka. His relaxed pace hasn’t changed and his sharp, surrealistic, and unsophisticated humor is still present. Yet in addition to all this, I feel Zhang Lu looking over life in this film with an unworldly drifting poetic sentiment.

Zhang Lu is Chinese with Korean roots and as a result, we see the story of the film go back and forth from China and Korea. The film is an adult oriented motion picture, which also transcends the borders of life and death.

In the film, Choi Hyeon, a professor, returns to Korea to attend the funeral of his friend. While talking about the past with a friend after the funeral, he recalls an obscene painting that he and his late friend saw at a teahouse in Gyeongju. Choi Hyeon then impulsively leaves for Gyeongju…

Gyeongju, with an ancient past, is like Nara in Japan. In the film, Gyeongju plays an important role in blending the present with the past and life with death. The depth and beauty of the scene set behind the night landscape of ancient tombs definitely deserves a mention. The popular actor Park Hae-il plays the role of the protagonist.



 

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