Although South Korean cinema has most assuredly exploded on this side of the globe within the past dozen years, there is actually a very rich history within this marketplace. The unfortunate thing is that due to oppression during decades in the past, many films were obscured and many others were simply lost due to a lack of cinema archiving. However, as the new millennium rolled around, South Korea broke out in the cinematic world in a huge way. From action titles, science fiction, and even romantic comedies, South Korea has made a huge mark on world cinema in the past few years. As one of the largest film capitals in all of Asia, it is tricky for many Westerners to keep track of the various films being made within this country. Outside of the hot commodities, many Western film fans may be surprised to find that there is a relatively healthy number of independent filmmakers at work within this system as well. Director Yoon Jung-Lee is just one of the many young filmmakers out there trying to make her name, but the way she is going about it is a bit outside of most expectations from South Korean filmmakers.
A young female director from South Korea, Yoon Jung-Lee has made her name as a visual artist who works between Philadelpha, Pensylvania and Seoul, South Korea. She doubles as a visual artist who works in experimental art that has been shown in galleries, and as a filmmaker who has worked in various aspects within the field. Her most well known credit has likely been working as a script supervisor on Kim Ji-Woon’s famous action adventure title The Good, The Bad, and The Weird. As she steps into the director’s field, she does so with the hopes of creating something unique with her feature length title Remember O’ Goddess. Going back to that key difference in how she is getting her film made, Yoon turned not to wealthy producers in Seoul to fun her feature, but instead began a Kickstarter campaign with the hopes of drawing $30,000. With the Kickstarter up, she started to write to various Asian cinema websites where she had articles posted up about her campaign, and along with this she posted up the first 25 minutes of her movie that had been shot. The response was monumental, and it has been a relief to see fans of Asian cinema rally behind such a project. At this point, on May 27th, her Kickster campaign has attained $32,293. So, it looks like the rest of Remember O’ Goddess will certainly be finished, but you may be asking, what is this movie all about?
Our story follows a man (played by Jungtae Kim) who begins our film by reporting a disappearance. While under questioning at the police station, this strange man apparently reports himself as being the person who has went missing. Our leading man only has a vague memory to go on. He remembers everything that has happened since he found himself left alone in a strange apartment. Everything else is only a mystery. He begins searching the apartment for clues, but he unfortunately comes up dry. When he does come up with the guts to step out and start walking around the neighborhood, he runs into a woman at a local convenient store who may actually know who he is. He immediately pins his hopes on the young woman, but she inevitably disappears on him. As the movie progresses, it seems that his hunt for his identity will involve a woman that he loves deeply. Will he track down this lost love?
The movie is shot with an eye towards the visual, and it looks absolutely stunning at times. The atmosphere of the short seems completely serene, but also carries with a bit of melancholy. The project seems as if it will be placed under very controlling hands, and I look forward to checking out the entire feature once it is done. If you too would like to view the first twenty minutes of the movie and be directed to a great deal of information about the project, make sure to check out the Kickstarter page which is still up. This is certainly a project that has a tremendous amount of promise behind it.