James Batcho, PhD | 영화판: The Korean Cinema
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영화판: The Korean Cinema

BUSAN. In earlier entries, I mentioned a film I worked on called Ari Ari the Korean Cinema. It screened at the Busan International Film Festival over a year ago. But then it went nowhere. Although distributers were interested, the film got caught up in the sometimes messy politics of film distribution, which had nothing to do with the filmmakers, cast or crew. (I’ll leave that story unmentioned, mostly because I’m hazy on the details.) But there is a happy ending to this story. The film finally has distribution and is being released nation-wide on December 6.

Now titled 영화판 (the English name above is still the same), it documents the history of Korean cinema—the political, economic and sociocultural struggles—as told through the views of an older director and a younger actress. Together they meet with the major figures in Korean film history, and sometimes encounter their own personal conflicts due to their generational divide.

For the film, I did all sound editing and design and produced the music soundtrack. For the music, I gathered together many talented composers and musicians in the vibrant Busan expat music scene to contribute original works. Violet Lea composed the score (orchestrated by Gordon Bazsali Jr.), and several others contributed additional pieces.

If you’re in Korea, check it out!.