RIE Young-zin, HAN Ye-ri, LEE Hui-joonRelease Date
A young man loses his wife to an unfortunate accident one day and slips into despair. On the one-year anniversary of her death, her friend, who is also still rocked by grief, meets him and they visit her grave. Seeking comfort from their pain, they begin to spend time together but now the man, wracked with guilt, is beginning to have daily visions of his deceased partner.
Director KANG, who was born in 1981, is already a respected short filmmaker, having won the grand prize in the “A Short Film About Love” section during 2009’s Mise-en-scene Short Film Festival
with Be With Me
. The common themes that run through her work are life and death and her other films include Quadruplets
and Paprika Fest
. She was also involved in a number of other films in various capacities such as The Coast Guard
, Volcano High
For her feature debut, KANG has expanded on her favored themes of life and death with a heartfelt narrative vividly brought to fruition with a keen visual sensibility and the inclusion of well-placed and subtle special effects and other techniques. KANG’s impressive film is in with a chance to pick up the top prize in the Korean competition at Jeonju, the winners of which will be announced later this week. Dear Dolphin will be released in Korean theaters on May 16th.