Film Review: “Understanding Movies” – Cleverly gives the finger to the rules of filmmaking


Review by: Mut Asheru

UNDERSTANDING MOVIES is an entertaining short film directed by Yim Ji-eun that comically points out how the business and art of filmmaking can step on each other’s toes much to the detriment of the end product. It demonstrates what can happen when so called “experts and their lauded rules get involved” in the creative process when the original vision isn’t honored.

Ji-han is filming his graduation film. He has to utilize all the skills he has learned in school for the past 4 years, but it’s not that simple. He finds himself struggling with the film’s premise and staff until Louis Giannetti (portrayed by Darcy Paquet), the author of Understanding Movies , comes to his rescue…or does he? And yes, “Understand Movies” is an actual book actually written by Louis Giannetti.


Can an artist actually be “taught” how to create? And just what makes a expert an expert anyway? These are two of UNDERSTANDING MOVIES big takeaway questions. Are you supposed to follow the books or are the books supposed to follow you?? hmmm

Shot in straightforward fashion with cameos by likes of Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) and Choi Dong-hoon (The Thieves) the short boasts an entertaining script and hits on all the right beats. You will laugh and I’m willing to bet you will agree with the filmmakers vision on this one as it cleverly gives the finger to the rules of filmmaking.

As Frank Capra said, “There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.”

“Understanding Movies” debuted in the Jeonju International Film Festival (2014) – Korean Competition for Shorts division.

No Rating, 24 minutes
Director: Yim Ji eun
Cast: Yim Ji eun, Darcy Paquet, Kim Ji-Young, Kim Min-sang, Rich DeBourke


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