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Blog posting written by Shea Lynch, Documentary Studies ’13, FLEFF Intern, Glens Falls, New York
“My films are not just a comedy. They have a combined generic element. For example, I added many action or even horror film elements to my comedy. I believe that this combined generic elements really created my own cinematic vision in the film and the comedy is the one that can be really mixed with other generic element.”
Highly-respected and very successful Korean filmmaker Yong-ki Jeong
will be showing his films Once Upon a Time
; which combine comedy and action in innovative ways. The director will also present two on-campus workshops for students and faculty.
SL: Can you describe the film industry in Korea?
YJ: In Korea, there are around 150 film productions per year in the film industry. Based on the research on Korean film industry in 2011, Korean film market is number 10 in the world in terms of the entire gross in the market and the Korean films’ market share is more than 60%, which is pretty amazing considering the Hollywood films’ ticket powers in the world.
The countries that has more than 50% market share of their own films are U.S.A, China, India, Japan, and Korea. The total number of audiences who watched the Korean films in Korea was more than 100,000,000 per year for last two years. The Korean population is 50,000,000, so each Korean person at least watches two Korean films per year. If we exclude the children and elders, this means that one Korean watches 4-5 Korean films per year.
SL: How do you think the theme of MOBILITIES connects with Korean cinema?
YJ: Regarding the theme of MOBILITIES, I’d like mention two major things. First, Korea has very advanced IT (Information Technology). Most of children even have mobile devices including the smart phones and Tablet PC and the Internet speed is so fast. So, most of Korean can easily watch films on their mobile devices even in subway. Secondly, since IT became a key in the Korean culture, many Korean films have this component in the contents of the film, too. For example, the main characters are connected in the films through the mobile device. So, the contents of the Korean films reflect this new Korean culture.
SL: Can you give us a quick preview of the two workshops you will be teaching at Ithaca College?
YJ: I make a film to communicate with people, not to force my idea or vision to them. In a similar way, I’d like to communicate with the audience who will join the workshop. Instead of lecturing, I’d like to answer their questions and also I’d like to ask questions. It should be a two-way traffic to communicate well. I hope people will ask me many questions so in that way, I can share my experience and thoughts that they want to know.
Thursday April 4
1:10 p.m. Park Auditorium
Friday April 5 at Cinemapolis
Saturday April 6 at Cinemapolis
Once Upon a Time
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Blog posting written by Dorothea Hinman, Cinema and Photography '15, FLEFF Blogger, Rochester, NY
FLEFF is looking better than ever.
Perhaps I'm biased because this is the first year I've been involved in the festival, but it doesn't make the assertion that this is going to be the best festival yet less true. FLEFF's partnership with everyone's favorite movie theatre, Cinemopolis, has allowed for an incredible line up of films to be screened during the festival. More than twenty films and I have to pick the three I am most excited for? It was hard, but here's the verdict:
1. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, USA, 1924) with Fe Nunn and Friends and Cynthia Henderson
Who doesn't love the classic, old Hollywood comedian? The hilarious tale of an underdog trying to prove his innocence in a crime he did not commit is guaranteed to bring the laughs as well as a trip back to the golden days of Hollywood.
2. Upstate Filmmakers Showcase, with filmmakers Vincent Grenier, Jason Harrington, John Scott, Becky Lane, Arturo Sinclair, and others TBA
If patience is a virtue, then I'm not very virtuous. At least when it comes to waiting for FLEFF! April 1st may seem a far way off, but March 3rd is just around the corner. It's the festival's kick off event, featuring works form artists in and around the Ithaca area, mentioned above. Certainly an event to look forward to!
3. Couples (Korea, 2011) with Director/Writer Yong ki Jeong
Maybe I'm on a comedy kick, but I don't speak Korean, and this movie still looks hilarious. This being a comedy film from Korean just shows the versatility of the 2013 festival.
Make sure to check out these films and the slew of others being featured at Cinemapolis this year! Can you pick your top three out of the list? I challenge you!