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The Wind’s Echo in Me

Like its title, "The Wind's Echo in Me" is a sophomoric stab at cinematic poetry. Coming from a 19-year-old, its wafty, cliched lyricism would be unsurprising; the fact that it issues from a 38-year-old professor of film suggests that a student state of mind can survive for decades in an academic setting. Pic's few prospects reside with international fests, especially those with an emphasis on Asian or short films. Like legions of short B&W films forged under the influence of the early French New Wave, pic opens with moody shots of the city at dawn, before focusing in on a sensitive, handsome artist-hero. The Young Man, as he's identified by the credits, lives in a stereotypical garret where he writes stereotypical melancholic prose in his "dream book." Although apparently unaware of the extreme banality of his situation, he is in a deep funk from which none of the few beings he encounters can extract him: not his stereotypical cat, not the homeless guy he observes with banefully poetic appreciation, and certainly not the Young Woman who evidently (and vainly) hopes that the completion of his dream book will bring the commencement of their relationship.

With:
Young Man ..... Cho Jae Hyun Young Woman ..... Kim Myung Jo Crazy Man ..... Choi Hun Gon Homeless Man ..... Kim Myung Gon Boy ..... Lee Choong

The couple leave the city on an outing, which occasions some wistful rural monochrome landscapes to go along with the earlier and subsequent urban ones.

Ultimately, nothing much happens, except that some poetic cigarettes are smoked, the cat drinks another saucer of milk and the hero walks dreamily away as a tear runs down the cheek of his would-be lady love.

In content, “Wind’s Echo” is the stuff of parody. That it ends up more unaffecting than risible can credited to helmer Jeon Soo Il’s capable way with actors and visuals, which is assured if unoriginal. Tech credits are adequate to film’s limited purposes.

The Wind's Echo in Me

SOUTH KOREAN

Production: A Kyungsung University Dept. of Theatre & Cinema production. Directed, written by Jeon Soo Il

Crew: Camera (B&W), Hwang Chul Hyu; editor, Park Gok Ji; music, art direction, Lee Jeong Ae. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 9, 1997. Running time: 40 MIN.

With: Young Man ..... Cho Jae Hyun Young Woman ..... Kim Myung Jo Crazy Man ..... Choi Hun Gon Homeless Man ..... Kim Myung Gon Boy ..... Lee Choong

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