Burn, Release, Explode, the Invincible
PRODS Jang Younggyu, Nam Daeun
SCR Kim Soohyun
CAM Nam Jiung, Park Sangmin, Kim Ungho, Lee Taesuk, Kim Sanghyun
ED Seo Seunghyun
PROD DES Kim Soohyun
MUS Cha Hyosun
PROD CO Kim Soohyun Productions
A portrait of a phenomenal woman, Kim Soohyun’s featurette is defiantly—even deliriously—unconventional. Kim Sanghyun works as a voice artist, recording narrations for ads and documentaries, much sought-after for her authoritative, gender-neutral tones. (In real life, she’s also known to every online-gamer in Korea for voicing game-play characters.) She calls herself cyclothymic—she has mild episodes of bipolar disorder—and often argues with her employers and directors.
The film centres on her meetings with a tyro director called Park Heesoon who wants her to star in an adaptation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan—a play she coincidentally once performed in college. Brecht’s good-hearted heroine Shen Te famously invents a "dark-side" persona to ward off everyone who exploits her kindness, and it becomes clear that Kim Sanghyun herself identifies pretty strongly with both sides of the character
Moving easily between stage drama, film drama and what I guess we have to call drama-documentary, the film finds the underlying order in "disorder." It builds a compelling picture of a woman for whom rage against the state of things is an everyday part of living. For the record, director Kim Soohyun came into Korean cinema as an assistant to Jang Sunwoo, and in 2004 persuaded Jang to act in his debut feature So Cute.
— Tony Rayns
Preceded By: The Line
DIR Kim Soojin / South Korea, 2013, 26 min.
When Yoonjin finds a boy moping on the stairs of her apartment building, she invites him in to wait for his parents to come home. She later comes to feel this was a mistake. A portrait of an averagely paranoid woman, made at a leading Korean film school. (TR)