Veteran Korean director Lee Chang-dong looks back on his 25-year career

From left: Director Lee Chang-dong and Jeonju International Film Festival co-programmer Moon Seok pose after a press conference held at the Jeonju Jungbu Vision Center in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province.  (Song Seung-hyun/The Korea Herald)

From left: Director Lee Chang-dong and Jeonju Worldwide Movie Pageant co-programmer Moon Seok pose after a press convention held on the Jeonju Jungbu Imaginative and prescient Heart in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. (Track Seung-hyun/The Korea Herald)

JEONJU – Famend Korean director Lee Chang-dong appeared again on his 25 years within the Korean movie trade throughout a press convention held on the Jeonju Jungbu Imaginative and prescient Heart in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, as a part of the Jeonju Worldwide Movie Pageant.

“I attended the Vancouver Movie Pageant with my debut movie ‘Inexperienced Fish’. At the moment, nobody was serious about Korean films,” he recalled. “The Vancouver Movie Pageant was one of many few occasions that confirmed Asian movies on the time. However even they have been solely serious about movies from Japan, China and Iran, and so they weren’t serious about movies from international locations like Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and so forth.”

His debut characteristic “Inexperienced Fish” received the Alkan Dragons & Tigers Award on the sixteenth Vancouver Movie Pageant in 1997.

The director stated that was the second he began fascinated about methods to extend the affect of Korean movies on the planet.

From left: Director Lee Chang-dong and Jeonju International Film Festival co-programmer Moon Seok speak during a press conference held at the Jeonju Jungbu Vision Center in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province.  (Song Seung-hyun/The Korea Herald)

From left: Director Lee Chang-dong and Jeonju Worldwide Movie Pageant co-programmer Moon Seok communicate throughout a press convention held on the Jeonju Jungbu Imaginative and prescient Heart in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. (Track Seung-hyun/The Korea Herald)

“Now it is very completely different: Korean movies are shocking the world. These days, if a world competition can not embrace Korean movies, it turns into a failure. Issues are completely different now,” she stated. “I’m comfortable to have additionally contributed a small half to this improvement.”

When requested what units Korean movies aside from movies from different international locations, the director stated it’s their variety and dynamic character.

“There’s a sure picture that movies from sure international locations have. Japanese films have sure photographs and in addition Chinese language ones. However Korean films are very numerous and each has its shade,” Lee stated. “In addition they have dynamic energy, which I feel can be seen in different cultural content material like Ok-pop and drama.”

Lee added that he sees this dynamic energy coming from the historical past of Koreans who’ve suffered rather a lot up to now.

Through the press occasion, Lee additionally spoke concerning the particular part of the competition devoted to him titled “Lee Chang-dong: The Fact of the Invisible”.

Through the Jeonju IFF particular part, a complete of seven movies created by Lee – “Inexperienced Fish”, “Peppermint Sweet”, “Oasis”, “Secret Sunshine”, “Poetry”, “Burning” and “Heartbeat” – additionally as French director Alain Mazars’ new documentary “Lee Chang-dong: The Artwork of Irony” with the director shall be screened.

“Doing one thing for the primary time is particular for movie festivals. For this part, we current Lee’s earlier work in 4K for the primary time. As well as, we’re debuting Lee’s new quick movie ‘Heartbeat,’” Jeonju IFF co-programmer Moon Seok stated in the course of the press convention.

“Heartbeat” is a brief movie that was created as a part of the World Well being Group’s venture to create a group of quick movies with the widespread theme of ‘melancholy’. He filmed the film in a single week in late 2020.

“I’m the primary to complete creating the movie and, so far as I do know, different administrators are nonetheless engaged on them.”

A scene from director Lee Chang-dong's short film “Heartbeat” (Jeonju IFF)

A scene from director Lee Chang-dong’s quick movie “Heartbeat” (Jeonju IFF)

The WHO accepted the director’s thought to premiere the movie early on the Jeonju IFF so the movie could possibly be included within the part, in response to Lee.

Lee’s new quick movie contains a little one who’s caring for a mom affected by melancholy. The director stated, “I hope that the viewers can join with the kid within the movie and that the movie could make the viewers’s coronary heart beat with the kid’s.”

“It is shot in a single lengthy take. It isn’t meant to indicate that I’ve this system. I assumed it was necessary to maintain the concentrate on the kid to ship the kid’s need and anxiousness to avoid wasting their mom,” Lee added.

By Track Seung-hyun ([email protected])

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