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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Theater of the Sea

KIM Eungsu

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 90min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color/black and white

WP

Synopsis

Poet Jae-ho no longer can write poetry in reality so he belatedly registered on the cyber world. There, he meets Ju-yeon whom Jae-ho knew before but has not thought of for 15 years. Jae-ho came to the cyber world with high hopes but is having a hard time adjusting. Ju-yeon teaches him the laws, the rules, and the living customs of cyber world. In the process, Jae-ho and Ju-yeon go beyond the everyday talk to discover an important memory that has been pushed out. Curiously, it was a file that was drifting in the sea of the cyber world. It was also Jae-ho himself as well as something to be avoided.

Review

KIM Eungsu's work is very abstract and direct at the same time. There is no specific nor indirect syntax. In Theater of the Sea, the sea directly refers to the cyber world, but the experience goes to the realm of abstraction. This time the sea, an infinitely open space, continues to move, but it feels infinitely closed because it is trapped within the frame of the film. However, the two opposite characteristics of open and closed are also characteristic of KIM Eungsu’s work in general. He firmly closes his world, but looks outward from within and takes a step, builds his own castle in the place where he has stepped into, and takes another step outside—such is arbitrary, becoming the driving force for him to complete his work and communicate independently. The audience should also approach and see whether the encounter with the cyber world that has been approached at will and the questioning of the memory reached from it become a reflection unique to his work.

Director

  • KIM Eungsu

    Kim made 22 dramatic movies and documentaries, including Time Lasts(1996), The City in the Water(2015) and Beyond the Screen(2019). He also has written 2 novels and a fiction called 『Bad Education』(Saga, 2022), based on an interview with a young man.​ 

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