Dating mating and relating
Comprising works by Jang Jin (Someone Special), Lee Young-jae (Harmonium in My Memory) and Song, 1.3.6 was intended to explore environmental themes and was slotted to open the first Green Film Festival in Seoul in late October.Alas, the festival's expectations were confounded, first in that only Lee Young-jae's work really engaged environmental issues in a direct way (the other two were merely set in rural areas), and second by the fact that Song went out and shot a 70-minute film.Lee So-yeon makes her slightly thin character memorable through considerable screen presence, while Jang Hyun-seong of independent films Nabi and Rewind gives the performance of his career.Whatever we feel about the character he portrays, Jang's performance is so real and natural that we can't help but be drawn to him.A peacock appears on the island, with no clear explanation or motivation.And the tango, a very un-Korean pasttime, makes a striking appearance in the film.One is that such a low-budget film looks so good visually.In Flower Island, Song showed an unusual talent for the aesthetics of digital cinema, but here he takes it one step further.
Most questions had to do with how Jo Seung-woo was able to convincingly take on the role of an autistic young man.
Almost missed among all that was a quiet film directed by a virtual unknown but starring the talented Jo Seung-woo.
The media found it interesting as 'a story of human triumph' but most people seemed certain that Kang Woo-suk's feature would dominate the box office.
In a year that has been lacking in unexpected discoveries, Git is an exciting find.
At its rousing premiere at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, a prominent Korean film critic told me it may be the best romance Korea has ever produced.
Although the general path followed by the plot is pretty straightforward, Song leads us down many odd and fascinating detours.