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100 Years of Korean Cinema: Another Upspring of Korean Cinema

The Empty Dream

 

Director_ YU Hyun-mok
 
Korea 1965 71min 35mm b&w feature Fiction
Review

The film shows that realist Yu’s auteur tendency is actually multifaceted and rooted in expressionism. A man falls into a trance at the dentist’s while he is under anesthesia. The narrative is his transfiguration of German expressionism and surrealism of the early 20th century. There are full of metaphor and synecdoche but no logical connection. Filled with the excess of image which refuses any fixed meaning, the film shows a grand theater of the absurdity. It is the most avant-garde film in his filmography as well as in the Korean cinema. [KIM Youngjin]

CREDIT
  • DirectorYU Hyun-mok
  • ScreenplayKIM Han-il
  • MusicKIM Yong-hwan
  • EditorYU Hyun-mok, LEE Kyeong-ja
CastSHIN Seong-il, PARK Su-jeong, PARK Am
FILM SOURCE
Korean Film Archive / kofa@koreafilm.or.kr
DIRECTOR
YU Hyun-mok
 
Born in 1925, passed away in 2009. He worked from 1950's to 2000's. His most notable films include The Crossroad (1956), The Extra Mortals (1964), Flame (1975).
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