Anamorphic

A dystopian fantasy with a vaguely "Alphaville" look, "Anamorphic" is an intermittently intriguing student effort in which the viewer ends up as confused as the main characters. If young student helmer Kim Byeong-woo learns to put his screenplay before technical trickery, he could graduate to interesting work in the future. Pic is fodder for student and digifests.

With:
With: Lee Jin-seok, Jang Mun-jung, Han Su-heui.

A dystopian fantasy with a vaguely “Alphaville” look, “Anamorphic” is an intermittently intriguing student effort in which the viewer ends up as confused as the main characters. If young student helmer Kim Byeong-woo learns to put his screenplay before technical trickery, he could graduate to interesting work in the future. Pic is fodder for student and digifests.

Notified his wife has apparently committed suicide, CyberTechs employee Jin-seok (Lee Jin-seok) finds he’s not the only one who can read people’s minds since passing through an invisible “door” to a parallel universe. Det. Park (Han Su-heui), is also trapped in the same universe, so she and Jin-seok, along with two others, try to find the “exit,” which is connected with CyberTechs’ top-secret Project-B. Catch is that only one person can leave through it. Neat idea is holed by such vague storytelling, as well as exhaustingly antsy camerawork and editing, that pic soon runs out of gas, and perfs are bland. Despite title, film is not in any widescreen process; transfer from DV is fine, with a high-contrast B&W look enhanced by selective color tones. End titles sport great computer graphics.

Anamorphic

South Korea

Production: A Kim Byeong-woo production. (International sales: Kim Byeong-woo, Seoul.) Produced by Seo Jun-beom. Directed, written by Kim Byeong-woo.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Choi Su-hun; editors, Kim, Lee Yong-jin. Reviewed at Puchon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea, July 14, 2003. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: With: Lee Jin-seok, Jang Mun-jung, Han Su-heui.

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