Made while he was still working on his essay on masculinity that was Crying Fist, Ryoo provides an added treat with a surprise cameo by someone from the previous series, making me wonder if this is also going to be a regular aspect of the future omnibuses.
(I don't know about you, but I like the sound of the word "omnibuses.") My favorite of the shorts was Jung Ji-woo's, "A Boy With The Knapsack", a sparingly dialogued, black and white study of the lives of North Korean (illegal) refugees in South Korea.
Part of this may be due to the inherent pessimism in the work, and its portrayal of a town where life is bleak and unlikely to improve.
Yet on a cinematic level too, one wishes that there were just a bit more substance to the film.
he year 2006 was a boom year in a number of different respects.
Production reached its highest level in a decade and a half, with 108 films released in theaters, and many more which were waiting for release at the end of the year.
In contrast to the start of the year, when a huge number of films were in production, by year's end many investors had decided to hold back on funding any new films for a while, and the mood seemed to bode ill for 2007.
The other major issue for the film industry in 2006 was the controversial reduction of Korea's Screen Quota System, which obligates theater owners to screen local films for a certain number of days per year. Filmmakers responded with lengthy public protests, but were ultimately unsuccessful in trying to get the government to revoke its decision. (Note that King and the Clown was released on December 29, so it is listed on the 2005 page) Seoul population: 10.35 million Nationwide population: 49.0 million Market share: Korean 63.8%, Imports 36.2% (nationwide) Films released: Korean 108, Imported 237 Total admissions: 153.4 million (=4 million) Number of screens: 1,880 (end of 2006) Exchange rate (2006): 970 won/US dollar Average ticket price: 6034 won (=US.22) Exports to other countries: US,514,728 (Japan: 42%) Average budget: 4.0bn won including 1.4bn p&a spend Byung-tae is a teenager attending a tough high school, where the other students make it their daily habit to beat him up.
Artistically too, it was a year with several highlights.
In this way, "Seaside Flower" represents what might be a continuing theme in the series, allowing a character to play themselves or at least indigenously represent the community explored within the short, as Yeo Kyun-dong ventured in the first series in his short about the physically disabled which featured Kim Moon-ju, an actor with cerebral palsy. " is almost one complete take of a man with multiple prejudices that lead him to cast off every one of his "friends" and fellow patrons who are sharing the communal space of a late night restaurant.
The packed crowd at 2005's PIFF who saw this film along with me laughed continuously at Kim Su-yeon's character (who has been in Ryoo's films Die Bad, No Blood, No Tears, and Crying Fist), a character who learns the lesson be careful who you hate, because your hate might leave you on your own.
Compensating for this lack of regular camaraderie, Eun-hye has also created an imaginary friend.
Eun-hye is played by a girl (Jeong Eun-hye) with actual Down's syndrome and some of her own experiences were brought into the short.