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Korean independent movie industry seldom has star directors. Director, Lee Song-hee-il, who is famous for his challenging queer cinema, director Kim Gok and director Kim Sun, who are at the cutting edge of experimental avant-garde movies, and director Youn Sung-ho who will be introduced in this article would be the star directors of
Korea. Director Youn Sung-ho often gets called as ‘Woody Allen of Korea’. In fact, it is early to call him Woody Allen, the great master. But Youn Sung-ho’s movies that talk about personal love stories and that the movies that talk about political issues through provocative word plays do show that his works are similar to Woody Allen’s self-reflected movies.

The main character of director Youn Sung-ho’s first long film, <Milky Way Liberation Front> is a movie director Young-jae who is experiencing personal crises for his career and for his personal life. Young-jae’s girl friend had been kind to all the Young-jae’s self-pity stories, but she leaves him suddenly. Young-jae’s newly writing scenario for a movie does not seem to be going well, but Young-jae still travels to Busan to attend a film festival, and he casts Japanese star actor Kimoora Ray as the main character of his next film. But unfortunately, Young-jae gets aphasia after some unfortunate coincident accidents. Moreover, the CEO of the production company that Young-jae belongs to seems to want to hire the twin genius Mongolian directors instead of not-so-trustful Young-jae. Now, Young-jae needs to overcome all of his crises and make his own movie.





<Milky Way Liberation Front> has two major story lines. One is Young-jae’s love story and the other is Young-jae’s film making story. Director Youn Sung-ho says the reasons why the plots are stronger than the other his short films as following; “When I made short films in the past, I thought that they were enough if I make films as I please with and if I get good responses from my audience at the film festival. But to make films that satisfy wider audience, I think I should drop some parts though they are what I am pleased with. As I began thinking so, traditional plot was the one that is not old-fashioned, but I have found that it rather has general attractions.” But the stories lines in <Milky Way Liberation Front> may not seem to be very important. What is more to get interests is that this comedy film is a combination of small events and stories that are made by a number of characters. Aphasia that ruins Young-jae not to be able to speak, but it powered him to play harmonica instead, and Sentai(Japanese traditional special effect for TV children’s programs series.) of Young-jae’s film, and the Japanese star level actor Kimoora Ray character, etc., all these strange events and characters to wonder around let <Milky Way Liberation Front> to bring pleasurable filmic experiences to audience.  



Director Youn Sung-ho, through his first long film, <Milky Way Liberation Front>, he has made a complete set of ‘Sense of Youn Sung-ho’ from his last 7 years’ 7 mid and long films, and he has proved that he deserves to have the nick name, Woody Allen of Korea. Then what is the next step? These days, director Youn Sung-ho is working on the first ever tried Korean independent sitcom, <Indie Koohara>. This comedy sitcom has showcased its first episode on internet from May 24, and the rest episodes are playing every week; Youn Sung-ho plans to provide in total of 10 episodes. Director Youn Sung-ho started this piece when the following thought came into his mind; “Independent films can make sitcoms, too”. Indieplug, the legal independent movie download website company is supporting production costs for his film, and Indiestory, the specialized independence distribution company is taking care of the production, marketing and distribution.

<Indie Koohara> is showcasing for free on its official blog site (http://www.indiesitcom.com). Plus, every uploaded motion picture can be downloaded for any other personal blogs uses or other website guest boards uses. Director Youn Sung-ho’s new trial film is already off from the limit of theater film showcases that his films are showing the new media integrated era of Korean independent film industry. How ‘independent’ is this!

 

<Cine 21> Kim Do-hoon, reporter

 

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