Review By: T. Mathenia
ANYWHERE IN SEOUL is a short film with a solid linear script shot in high technical quality. Kim Chun-Bae (Kim Byung-Su) is an underprivileged and uneducated man in his fifties. He desperately strives for getting a job, but it’s not easy for him. He is willing to do anything for his disabled son Min-Jun, but life is tough for an ex-convict like him.
In his attempts to get government help (yes in the form of welfare) and find a job he is met with closed doors and no’s. Mr. Kim’s desperation is palpable. But so is his love for his son. The son/father son is established early on and the chemistry between father and son is strong which serves to quickly close the emotional distance between the audience and film. This film is carried on the wings of the leads actor’s abilities to portray hopelessness with his face and dejected body postures. There’s minimal talking. All the disappointment is translated by the actor’s abilities.
In ANYWHERE IN SEOUL, Director Kim and the cinematographer Jung Jae-e take us into the world of low-income Seoul with excellent visual prowess.
|No rating, 25 minutes|
|Director: Kim Min-chul (Minchul Kim)|
|Cast: Kim Byungsu, Kim Sumin|
|Screenwriters: Seo Jinkyung|
|Producers: Kim Sunwook|
|Director of photography: Jung Jae-a|
|Music: Im Jonghyun|
|Editor: Kim Minchul|