Jun 2016 VOL.62


  • Characters
  • by Zachary R. Hooker  / 12.01.2011
    Original title: 캐릭터 (Kae-rik-teo)
    Year: 2011
    Length: 100 min.
    Format: HD
    Aspect: 2.35:1
    Color/BW: Color & B/W
    Audio: Stereo
    First feature
    Director: SON Kwang-ju
    Cast: KIM Su-hyeon, LEE Hwan, Anastasia KIM
    Genre: Drama
    Release Date: Nov. 17, 2011
    International Film Festivals:
                       2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam
                       2011 Jeonju International Film Festival
                       2011 New Horizons International Film Festival (Poland)
                       2011 Women Make Waves International Film Festival (Taiwan)
                       2011 Festival International de Films de Creteil (France)
                       Self-produced (2009 KOFIC Independent Film Production Support)
    International Sales:
                       Sponge Entertainment
                       Tel: +82.2.518.3908
                       Fax: +82.2.544.5136
    Once a promising young writer, LEE Soo-yeon (KIM Su-hyeon) now finds herself producing formulaic scripts as an assistant to popular commercial film director MOH Jae-won (Lee). Despite a track record of predictable plots and paper-thin characters, Moh persistently packages his films as “innovative” and based strongly in reality. The demand of this work eventually exhausts Moh as well as Soo-yeon, who has dreams of writing a novel in which her characters break free from their shabby realities. However, she quickly realizes that her literary aspirations are dismissed as vanity and escapism.
    Son Kwang-ju is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her numerous experimental, documentary, and fictional short films, such as 2003’s <The Third Tongue> and 2006’s <Yoyogi Park>, have screened at a variety of international film festivals and art exhibitions. <Characters>, Son’s first feature, made its world premiere at the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
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