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Outdoor Screening: Korean Feast

Man is Born

 

Director_ Park Juny
 
Korea 2002 108min 35mm color feature Fiction
Review

The oldest resident living in Ma-ee-do, an island that does not exist on the map, has a last wish on his 99th birthday. He wishes that one of the young lads in his village will go to university and make the island known to the world. Hearing of this wish, the other residents are faced with a big problem. There are three candidates, who are the right age to enter university, but none of them have any special talents either in studies or sports and it may be a difficult task to send them off to university. After a long discussion, the village people come to a decision that they will send these young lads to university as special athletes through boxing. After several inquiries, the villagers employ Big Coach, a retired boxer who had seven matches in his whole boxing career with two wins and five losses and is now an owner of a game room downtown. The young boys begin their boxing lessons with Big Coach. All of these boys have their own reasons to train as boxers and enter college. Dae-Sung wants to go to university because of a female university student he likes. Man-Gu wants to become a successful singer, which he believes he can set off this career by first participating in the National University Song Festival. Hae-Sam just wants to get away from the fishing boats and life as a fisherman and live in the city. Though clumsy with the boxing gloves on, they each develop a deathblow and manage to win up to the finals in the amateur boxing competition. is a movie that shows the youngsters dreams and ambitions during the 1980s, and it also portrays their hope in facing the many challenges. The characters have dreams and they work hard to make them come true. They gradually grow into manhood throughout this process. The film states that even though dreams may not come true, still there is a lot to be learned during the process. The main characters are of different generation than the young people in our present time, but their problems and worries are not that different and many young viewers will be able to relate to them. The supporting actors, however small their roles are, give the audiences some good laughter and some of the items of the eighties, such as Cho Young-Pils hit song, Go-chu-jam-ja-ri, the folk guitar, the long hairdos, and the outdated clothes, add to the fun in watching the film.

CREDIT
  • DirectorJuny PARK
  • ScreenplayLEE Chang-Ryul
  • ProducerJuny PARK
  • CinematographyLEE Suk-Hyun
  • MusicKIM Bong-Soo
  • EditorKEUNG Min-Ho
CastJUNG Joon, HONG Kyung-ln, YEO Hyun-Soo, KIM Sa-Rang
DIRECTOR
Park Juny
 
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