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9 Muses of Star Empire

Documentary Film
South Korea
2012
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Suk-kee Lee, Min-chul Kim
Hark-joon Lee
Nine Muses
Yeon-taek Seo
Milena Z. Petrović
Hark-joon Lee, Dong-kyun Ko, Chan-mi Jung
Aleksandar Protić
The members of the Korean K-Pop group “9 Muses” dream of becoming global stars. To achieve this, the young women are willing to make sacrifices and suffer humiliations galore.

Television journalist Lee Hark-joon had exclusive access to the Star Empire agency, home of the “9 Muses”, for more than a year. He filmed the daily routines of endless rehearsals and castings, spiced with rivalry, jealousy, betrayals and small scandals. Lee takes a matter-of-fact look at the internal mechanisms of the Korean media and entertainment industry. Beyond Psy and his “Gangnam Style”, famous in the West, too, the film offers a rare look behind the scenes of a multi-billion dollar business that likes to play its cards close to its chest.

Mark Siegmund

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
Cycle Jun-ki Kim

Along with Japanese war criminals and despite Korean protests, Koreans who were forcibly recruited by Japan in the Second World War are revered at the Yasukun Shrine as national heroes of the former enemy.

Cycle

Animated Film
South Korea
2015
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jun-ki Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Dong-uk Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Mediact
Along with Japanese war criminals and despite Korean protests, Koreans who were forcibly recruited by Japan in the Second World War are revered at the Yasukun Shrine as national heroes of the former enemy. A highly charged subject in a mixture of documentary footage and Anime-like images.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Factory Complex

Documentary Film
South Korea
2015
95 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Min-kyung Kim
Heung-soon Im
Tae-won Lee
Sun-young Lee, Heung-soon Im, Gil-ja Kim, Yun-jeong Jee
Hak-min Lee
Min-kyung Kim
New hypes regularly make teenagers all over the world queue up for new sneakers. They have no idea that the women who make them can’t afford them. “I want to wear Nike shoes, too”, was the slogan when they started their struggle in the 1980s. The video artist Im Heung-soon, whose mother worked in a textile factory, makes them visible: an army of worker ants who built the foundations of South Korea’s meteoric rise to economic power and who paid for this with their health and often their lives. Im Heung-soon draws a connection to today’s globalised consumer worlds where it’s the women again who keep things going in textile factories, the electronics industry, super markets, call centres or the service industry, who earn a pittance and always wear a friendly smile. He interweaves this ruthless and sober chronicle of exploitation, told in interviews, with surrealist experimental performances which individualise the pain of those who are usually seen as a mass or as human capital first and foremost.

Im Heung-soon won the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennial for his moving work which oscillates between art and documentation. It would be even better to spare a thought for the women from “Factory Complex” before the next mobile phone is purchased. And to question the purchase in the first place.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Fermented Watermelon

Animated Film
South Korea
2014
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Ye-bin Yeo
Ye-bin Yeo
Jeong-wan Kim
Ye-bin Yeo
Ye-bin Yeo
Ye-bin Yeo
Ye-bin Yeo
Ye-bin Yeo
Of course the daughter can’t forgive her father for leaving her and her mother for another woman. The memory is painful. A reunion opens old wounds. The girl’s inner misery is ingeniously depicted through sound and abstract, overlapping drawings.

Annegret Richter

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
Haegeumni Joon-su Seong

Even though she grew up in a well-to-do family in Pyongyang, she ended up in one of the notorious labour camps, where many of her relatives die, without ever learning the reasons. A depressing film about the despotism of the North Korean regime.

Haegeumni

Animated Film
South Korea
2012
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Na-young Park
Joon-su Seong
Seung-wook Shin
Joon-su Seong
Joon-su Seong
Joon-su Seong, Hae-jin Yoon, Na-young Park, Lu-jie Sun, Jae-yeon Kim
Joon-su Seong
Dong-ju Park, Na-young Park
Even though she grew up in a well-to-do family in Pyongyang, she ended up in one of the notorious labour camps, where many of her relatives die, without ever learning the reasons. A depressing film about the despotism of the North Korean regime.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
Herstory Jun-ki Kim

Korean Women were captured and brought to Java island as comfort women for soldiers. They lived on camp, always in fear of the men, illness or death. Chung Seo-woon, one of the victims tells her story of her survival.

Herstory

Animadoc
South Korea
2011
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jun-ki Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Dong-uk Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Jun-ki Kim
Dong-joo Park
Korean Women were captured and brought to Java island as comfort women for soldiers. They lived on camp, always in fear of the men, illness or death. Chung Seo-woon, one of the victims tells her story of her survival.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
Highway Stars Ji-gon Kim

“Udumbara” is the name of the Buddhist jazz band the monk Hyegwang founded with two friends from his days as a rock musician in the 1970s. At the time they toured the night clubs of Busan and were celebrated like stars, today they play in the streets.

Highway Stars

Documentary Film
South Korea
2014
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Min-kyung Kim, Bandal Doc / Takju Corp.
Ji-gon Kim
Ji-gon Kim, Byeong-kuk Kim, Sung-wook Jung, Min-wook Oh
Ji-gon Kim, Ho-mok Son
Dong-hwan Kim
“Udumbara” is the name of the Buddhist jazz band the monk Hyegwang founded with two friends from his days as a rock musician in the 1970s. At the time they toured the night clubs of Busan and were celebrated like stars, today they play in the streets.

Director Kim Ji-gon makes the three former rock stars’ past come alive through their own voices. He visits the sites of former glory with them and follows their present life as entertainers in bars and cultural fringe programmes, at rehearsals and gigs. The tragicomic portrait of three consummate musicians is a tribute to the music of the 1970s and 80s and at the same time offers an insight into the daily life and mindset of South Korea at the time.

Mark Siegmund

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits Chan-kyong Park

The term “manshin” refers to a shaman in trance, communicating between the living and the dead. South Korea’s best-known shaman, Kim Keum-hwa, was initiated into the art of exorcising, the so-called “gut”, by her grandmother.

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits

Documentary Film
South Korea
2014
104 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sun-hee Han, Min-kyung Kim
Chan-kyong Park
Hyeon-jin Baek, Jun-seok Bang
Yun-jeong Jee, Sun-young Lee, Ji-sun Yoo
Yoonzu Um
Chan-kyong Park
The term “manshin” refers to a shaman in trance, communicating between the living and the dead. South Korea’s best-known shaman, Kim Keum-hwa, was initiated into the art of exorcising, the so-called “gut”, by her grandmother. After repressions during the Korean War and the ensuing reconstruction, she began to be widely recognised by the public and academic circles in the 1970s.

The director interweaves re-enacted scenes from Kim’s childhood and youth with archive material and interviews to create the gripping portrait of a self-confident woman between ecstasy and self-glamorisation. Kim’s spiritual turmoil shows itself in her public performances.

---Mark Siegmund

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

My Fair Wedding

Documentary Film
South Korea
2014
94 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jung-young Kim
Hee-sun Jang
Soo-jung Gye
Myung-hwan Moon
Hee-sun Jang
A-young Ko, Young-ho Kim
Film producer and director Kimjho Gwang-soo, openly gay, announces that he and his life partner Dave Kim are going to marry. The symbolic ceremony – it goes without saying that South Korea is still a long way from legalising same sex marriages – is to take place in the middle of Seoul.

Director Jang accompanies Gwang-soo and Dave during the preparations which turn out to be more difficult than expected. They must cope both with gay marriage activist and homophobic groups. The private event gradually turns into a publicly enacted comment on a society still strongly influenced by Confucian and conservative values.

Mark Siegmund

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

My Father's Emails

Documentary Film
South Korea
2012
89 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jae-hee Hong
Jae-hee Hong
Sang-jin Lee
Kuk-hyun Gang
Yoon-ju Um
Jae-hee Hong
Hyung-jin Park
The director’s father, who never learned to use a computer when he was alive, leaves her an autobiography written in 43 e-mails: his views on a restless life – from the Korean War to the Vietnam War and the 1988 Olympics through to the real estate boom at the end of the 1990s.

Mixed with the director’s and other family members’ very personal memories of the person they called “father” all their lives, the e-mails reconstruct the life of a man who was caught between the turmoil of recent Korean history and a complex family situation. An extraordinary documentary of ethnographical value.

Mark Siegmund

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
My Love, Don't Cross That River Mo-young Jin

A couple who have been married for 76 years live in a remote valley. Isolated from modern Korea they collect wood, keep their yard clean and do their daily chores, all the while cooing like young lovers, holding hands or putting flowers behind their ears.

My Love, Don't Cross That River

Documentary Film
South Korea
2014
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kyung-soo Han, Argus Film
Mo-young Jin
Min-woo Jeong
Mo-young Jin
Jin-sik Hyun
Mo-young Jin
Min-woo Jeong
A couple who have been married for 76 years live in a remote valley. Isolated from modern Korea they collect wood, keep their yard clean and do their daily chores, all the while cooing like young lovers, holding hands or putting flowers behind their ears. But age – both are rapidly approaching their 100th birthday – advances inexorably, death is creeping up on them.

The film follows the last months in the life of an extraordinary couple and lets the audience immerse themselves in an amazingly authentic romance. With five million entries, the production, which had a budget of 90,000 Euros, became the most successful Korean documentary ever.

Mark Siegmund

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
Shall We Take a Walk? Young-geun Kim, Ye-young Kim

Visually disabled Yong-gwang crafts a tactile map to take a walk with his sister, who is in the hospital. He makes her close her eyes and they take an imaginary walk on the map and through Yong-gwang's way of looking at the world.

Shall We Take a Walk?

Animated Film
South Korea
2009
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Young-geun Kim, YOG
Young-geun Kim, Ye-young Kim
Young-geun Kim, Seohyun
Jong-chul Park, Juho Kim, Hyung-suk Kim, Young-geun Kim
Young-geun Kim, Ye-young Kim
Young-geun Kim, Ye-young Kim
Young-geun Kim, Ye-young Kim
Dong-joo Park, Yoon-suk Oh, Young-geun Kim
Visually disabled Yong-gwang crafts a tactile map to take a walk with his sister, who is in the hospital. He makes her close her eyes and they take an imaginary walk on the map and through Yong-gwang's way of looking at the world.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Sand

Animated Film
South Korea
2015
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Soo-hyeon Joo
Soo-hyeon Joo
Soo-hyeon Joo
Soo-hyeon Joo
Soo-hyeon Joo
Soo-hyeon Joo
Soo-hyeon Joo
Jin-kwang Park
Even the end of romance can be poetic! The chaos in a woman’s heart is compared to the search for suitable feelings in a corner shop. The film visualises both the pain and the beautiful memories in colour gradients and dynamic lines.

Annegret Richter

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus South Korea
Two Doors Il-rhan Kim, Ji-you Hong

In the course of the radical renovation of Seoul enforced by the conservative government, organically grown neighbourhoods were demolished by the dozen, their tenant communities torn apart.

Two Doors

Documentary Film
South Korea
2012
99 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Il-rhan Kim, Ji-you Hong
Ui-kyung Choi
Il-rhan Kim, Ji-you Hong, Hyuk-sang Lee
Il-rhan Kim, Ji-you Hong, Hyuk-sang Lee
Sung-hee Kim, Il-rhan Kim, Hyuk-sang Lee, Young-hee Han, Ji-you Hong
In the course of the radical renovation of Seoul enforced by the conservative government, organically grown neighbourhoods were demolished by the dozen, their tenant communities torn apart. In 2009, five squatters and one member of a special police unit were killed in the conflicts between the authorities and the affected residents.

The film retraces the tragedy of the so-called Yongsan incident and the ensuing trial. Both sides get their say as the film soberly analyses the uncompromising debate about true and false, excessive police violence, the perversion of the legal system and the pros and cons of urban renovation.

Mark Siegmund

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.