Focus Regista e Attore: PARK Jungbum

His first debut film The Journals of Musan (2010) won VPRO Tiger Award and FIPRESCI Prize at IFFR 2011. He made Alive (2014) through Jeonju Cinema Project which is a feature film financing/co-producing program and premiered at the international Competition at Locarno FF. Height of the Wave world premiered at Jeonju IFF 2019.
As he released The Journals Of Musan (2010), Park Jungbum became a major director of the new generation. This film foretold the rise of a young director as it won numerous prizes in film festivals including Busan and Rotterdam. The Journals Of Musan addresses the life of the North Korean defector Jeon Seung-chul who was the protagonist of Park’s previous film 125 JEON Seung-Chul (2008). In the film, the director plays the lead role of Jeon, a real person in history. Park first bonded with Jeonju IFF through the short film production project “Shot! Shot! Shot!” for which he made One Week (2012). He also created Alive (2014) when the Jeonju Digital Project switched over to the feature length Jeonju Cinema Project. Park’s Height of the Wave was introduced as a part of a TV series project, and will be screened at this year’s festival in the newly edited version for the first time.

Height of the Wave | 파고

Korea, 2019, 95min, HD, color/b&w, feature Fiction Director PARK Jungbum Screenplay KIM Minkyung Producer OH Jiyoon Cinematography PARK Jongchul Art Director KI Hyein Editor CHO Hyunjoo Music YANG Jungwon Sound JUNG Sanghyun Cast LEE Seungyeon, LEE Yeon, SHIN Yeonsik, PARK Jungbum

Police Officer Yeon-soo is dispatched to an island with her daughter after her divorce. She witnesses the strange relationship between orphan Ye-eun and the island workers. Everyone tries to settle the issue rapidly as they are busy getting ready for the national development project. Height of the Wave is Park Jungbum´s new film unfolding the happenings of a closed island village community. Unlike the TV drama, it features the guilt and greed between the characters. Human desire has always been explored in The Journals of Musan (2010) and Alive (2014). The moment when Yeon-soo’s daughter and Ye-eun hugs, it faces the tragic reality of humans with wounds.
[LEE Sang-yong]

The Journals of Musan | 무산일기

Korea, 2011, 127min, DCP Director PARK Jung-bum Producer PARK Jung-bum Cast PARK Jung-bum, JIN Yong uk, KANG Eun jin, PARK Young deok Screenplay PARK Jung-bum Cinematography KIM Jong-sun

Jeon Seung-chul’s citizen registration number starts with 125, branding him as a North Korean defector. It is difficult to find a good job and it’s hard to get along with people at church. He is not an ex-convict or a migrant worker, but he is still part of a group that is discriminated against in Korean society. Like the stray dog he looks after, Jeon Seung-chul is a misfit in South Korea’s capitalist society. This is a perspective that has been played out in movies in the past, which makes it seem that [The Journals of Musan] does not go much further than presenting the alienated reality itself.
But director Park Jung-bum does not stop at illustrating the external circumstances of the defectors and digs into their inner minds. They criticize capitalism after they are baptized with South Korea’s version of it, yet succumb to the power of money. They deceive and betray each other for money. Being a defector unable to adapt to capitalism alienates them on two different levels. Both the religious community represented by the South Korean church and the authorities that look after them are helpless.
[LEE Sang-yong]