조류인간 (The Avian Kind)

조류인간 (The Avian Kind)

A Luz Y Sonidos Production
Distribution: Luz Y Sonidos
Rating: 15 and Over
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 112 Min
Shooting Time: 2013/Nov/13~2014/Feb/13
Release: 2015/Feb/26

WITH 김정석 (Kim Jung-Seok) as Jung-Seok; 소이 (Soy) as So-Yeon; 정한비 (Jung Han-Bi) as Han-Bi; 이유미 (Lee Yoo-Mi) as Girl; 성홍일 (Seong Hong-Il) as Lee Eun-Ho; 최종률 (Choi Jong-Ryul) as Doctor; 김인수 (Kim In-Soo) as Herb Hunter; 강신효 (Kang Shin-Hyo) as Young Hunter;

CREW Director 신연식 (Shin Yeon-Shik) Executive Producer 김영진 (Kim Young-Jin) | Screenplay 신연식 (Shin Yeon-Shik) | Director of Photography 최용진 (Choi Yong-Jin) Lighting 이준일 (Lee Joon-Il) 이시현 (Lee Si-Hyeon) Editor 김정훈 (Kim Jung-Hoon) Music 이은주 (Lee Eun-Joo) Mowg

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 20,685,500 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 2,738
BUDGET: 100,000,000 Won

Photo ⓒ Luz Y Sonidos

SYNOPSIS

Novelist Jeong-seok is looking for his missing wife. A woman appears in front of him and suggests that she can find his wife. Meanwhile, some people approach him and ask him to find missing people. They find themselves becoming chased at some point. [KoBiz]

IN SHORT

If only a fervid imagination could be enough to make a good film.

In Shin Yeon-Shik's case, the repercussions of only stopping at the imagination part have produced two quite disappointingly raw offsprings – as this and his somewhat thematically connected 러시안소설 (Russian Novel) can attest. So much potential in a deceptively simple premise, and yet this dream-like existentialist quirk only manages to titillate the viewer's curiosity for a short while, before imploding under the weight of less-than-ideal fundamentals. Which essentially, to make a long story short, means that both script and execution are not quite up to the heights reached by Shin's imagination. That's in no small part because while one might easily associate the idea of strangely morphing into a bird and being able to fly with finding a certain kind of freedom from whatever is oppressing us and find it charming, all the narrative gears that should be in place to create some kind of suspension of disbelief in that journey between fantasy and reality (or any existential rumination done outside the frame) are nowhere to be seen – not to mention how derivative and prone to “indie fare”-pigeonholing that premise is. We don't even get a solid enough explanation behind those journeys, making any expectation seem futile (there's such a thing as not enough exposition, even though by watching Korean TV you'd be begging to experience something like that at least once). So you end up witnessing two haphazardly joined parts (the husband seeking his long lost wife in the present, and the wife's journey of transformation in the past) that never quite gel together, despite Shin's efforts to give a poetic, suggestive coda to the proceedings.

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ACTING GRADES

68 김정석 (Kim Jung-Seok)
64 소이 (Soy)
62 최종률 (Choi Jong-Ryul)
62 김인수 (Kim In-Soo)
60 정한비 (Jung Han-Bi)
60 성홍일 (Seong Hong-Il)
59 강신효 (Kang Shin-Hyo)
56 이유미 (Lee Yoo-Mi)

~ Last Update: 2015/05/11