Thursday, January 17, 2008

Milky Way Liberation Front

After receiving strong word of mouth at this year’s Pusan International Film Festival, Seong-ho Yoon’s “Milky Way Liberation Front” opened in theatres on November 29, 2007 in South Korea. The movie offers a unique premise of a filmmaker suffering from writer’s block, but having a vague idea for a story revolving around a man afflicted with aphasia. In a ironic twist of fate, the filmmaker in the movie travels to the Pusan International Film Festival, where the actual movie had its world premiere. The movie was shot entirely in HD and features many unconventional moments (actors laughing over their lines, etc). Looks promising indeed.
Program Note from Pusan International Film Festival : Director Yoon Seongho has been representing a new style and ideas of the digital generation through many digital shorts. The lead character Young-jae, who resembles the director, hopes to become a movie director. However, he breaks up with his girlfriend Eun-ha, so the script doesn’t progress, and the fund situation isn’t too bright. On top of all these obstacles, he suffers from aphasia. Fortunately, his ventriloquist actor helps him in a crisis, but even so the situation turns for the worse and gets out of control. Director Yoon Seongho has often mixed love affairs with the allegory of contemporary society in his previous films. This film also exhibits the same structure and adds authentic humor and dialogue in each scene. His unique talent for light-hearted humor makes us look forward to his future works.