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IASPM XXI film Screening: Eight Colors of Korean Musical films

This film screening is one of a number of special events for IASPM XXI and is centred around Korean music. It is divided into two parts: Part 1 consists of three classic music films produced before the mid-1960s, and one documentary that reminisces the past.

Part II is centred around more recent films produced and released after the 2000s, looking back at the 1970s and 1980s, including documentaries about the contemporary underground and subculture associated with non-K-pop music.

The film screening is free only for registered conference participants. Screening times are in the conference pack. Please check the program for details.

Unfortunately, we cannot screen films produced outside of Korea, as we do not have the licence to do so.

For any queries, please email IASPMXXI@gmail.com


  • Programmer : Jun-hee Lee and Hyunjoon Shin
  • Working Staff : Ye Rin Kang and Hyunjoon Shin
Program at a Glance
PART I Korean Music Films: Classic - Day 1 + Day 3
The Blue Hill
(Puleun eondeok)
1949, 89 min
Production : Sae Han Films, Director: Yu Dong-il
Language : Korean, Subtitle: N/A
A rural young man,Hyun-in, is a good singerand travels to Seoul in search of fame and fortune. He comes first in a singing competition and fulfils his dream of becoming a successful singer. Hyun-in becomes very popular and attracts many women, but he decides to marry his first love from home, Geum-nyeo. One of the first musical films from Korea.
(https://www.kmdb.or.kr).
A Father and His Four Sons
(Obuja)
1958, 108min
Production : Sam Wu Production, Director: Gwon Yeong-sun
Language : Korean, Subtitle: N/A
A father and his four sons live a happy life. One by one, the four sons start to fall in love. In the end, the four sons hold a joint wedding
(https://www.kmdb.or.kr).
The Guitar for Mother and Her Daughter
(Monyeo gita)
1964, 100 min
Production: Se Ki Corporation, Director: Gang Chan-u
Language : Korean, Subtitle: N/A
Nanjung used to be a singer in a band. After her husband is drafted into the army, she loses contact with her husband. So she begins to sing with her two daughters wandering about from one bar to another to make a living. One day she meets her husband again, only to find he is happily married to another woman.
(https://www.kmdb.or.kr).
Try to Remember
(Dabang ui pureun kkum)
2015, 73min
Production : INDELINE, Director: Kim Dae-hyun
Language : Korean, Subtitle: English
Try to Remember is a documentary about a Korean girls’ vocal group, The Kim Sisters, who performed not only in Korea but also in Las Vegas, the United States, in 1960s. They are from a musical family, related to Lee Nan-young. She was a popular singer, best known for the song ‘Tears in Mokpo.’

Try to Remember is about the history of popular music during the Japanese Occupation era up to the 1950s, as well as the story of Kim Sisters. The documentary also features the recordings of popular musicians such as Lee Nan-young, Kim Hae-song and Lee Chul focusing on Okeh Record company and KPK troupe
(https://www.kmdb.or.kr).


PART II Korean Music Films: 21st Century - Day 2 + Day 4
Go Go 70
2008, 118min
Production : BK Pictures, Director: Choi Ho
Language : Korean, Subtitle: English
Based on the real-life story of a legendary soul group- ‘the Devils’. The band started their career performing for US GIs stationed across Korea. They were influenced by James Brown and covered African American soul classics as well as self-penned songs. The authoritarian Korean Government cracked down on these kinds of performances. Whilst some scenes are exaggerated, it closely depicts what happened in the Korean pop scene during the late 1960s and the early 1970s (Hyunjoon Shin).
Waikiki Brothers
2001, 108min
Production : Myung Film Co., Ltd., Director: Lim Soon-rye
Language : Korean, Subtitle: English
The story of a “failed” guitar player and his band who lives hand to mouth by playing in sleazy adult entertainment spots in a declining tourist town as well as his hometown. He reminisces on his teenage days when he and his bandmates dreamt of becoming as big as the Rolling Stones or Queen. Coming back to their hometown, their reunion brings with it complications. A great work that demystifies “rock mythology (or fantasy)” which is exclusively Anglo-American or Western, at best (Hyunjoon Shin).
No Money, No Future
2016, 100min
Production: independent, Director: Lee Dong-woo
Language: Korean, Subtitle: English
A documentary on the community of subculture (or anti-subculture) based on extreme music in their own words. As children of the punk movement that exploded in the mid- to late 1990s, the musicians and their community members struggle to survive after they were evicted from Hongdae, an area that had been the haven for all kinds of bohemian and rebellious musicians, artists, and even intellectuals. The most radical, hardcore, and extreme branch of Korean punk makes international or translocal connections and tour Japan to build their reputation. The director of the film is a member of the band Scumraid (Hyunjoon Shin).
Us and Them: Korean indie rock in a K-pop world
2018, 40min
Production : independent, Director: Stephen Epstein and Timothy R. Tangherlini
Language : English, Subtitle: N/A
Two American scholars based in New Zealand and California co-directed a documentary on the evolution of Korean indie rock since its birth in the mid-1990s. Stephen Epstein and Timothy R. Tangherlini who produced the landmark documentary Our Nation (2001) on the burgeoning Korean punk in the 1990s now focus on how the pioneers of indie rock have grown up and were succeeded by a newer generation. They show why Korean indie rock has taken a path completely different from that of the globally successful K-pop and how they globalize their practices in their own way (Hyunjoon Shin).

Timetable

Timetable
Day 1 2:00 pm
The Blue Hill (Puleun Eondeok)
3:00 pm
A Father and His Four Sons (Obuja)
5:00 pm
The Guitar for Mother and Her Daughter (Monyeo gita)
7:00 pm
Try to Remember (Dabang ui pureun kkum)
Day 2 2:00 pm
Gogo 70
4:00 pm
Waikiki Brothers
6:00 pm
No Money, No Future
8:00 pm
Us and Them
Day 3 2:00 pm
The Blue Hill (Puleun Eondeok)
3:00 pm
A Father and His Four Sons (Obuja)
5:00 pm
The Guitar for Mother and Her Daughter (Monyeo gita)
7:00 pm
Try to Remember (Dabang ui pureun kkum)
Day 4 2:00 pm
Gogo 70
4:00 pm
Waikiki Brothers
6:00 pm
No Money, No Future
8:00 pm
Us and Them
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