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After War

Loosely grouped around the theme of "war" and its aftermath, these three DV shorts by East Asian helmers in their 30s and 40s are conveniently arranged in ascending order of merit. Compilation co-won the top prize in Locarno's video competition but outside of fests has no market except highly specialized TV.

Loosely grouped around the theme of “war” and its aftermath, these three DV shorts by East Asian helmers in their 30s and 40s are conveniently arranged in ascending order of merit. Compilation co-won the top prize in Locarno’s video competition but outside of fests has no market except highly specialized TV.

Semi-docu “A Letter From Hiroshima” is another nicely composed but intellectually empty exercise from Nobuhiro Suwa (“M/Other,” “2/Duo”), in which helmer leaves a Korean actress friend (Kim Ho-jeong, from “Butterfly”) stranded in her hotel to soak up his hometown’s history. Far better — though over-discursive and wearyingly shot –is the fictional “Survival Game,” by Moon Seung-wook (“Butterfly”), where an arrogant fund manager gets his comeuppance on a paint-gun military course. Outdoing both, however, with its moving simplicity and lack of pretension is Wang Xiaoshuai’s no-frills docu centered on the death, in a Shanghai hospital over Chinese New Year 2002, of the father of an emigre delayed in the U.S. by post-9/11 green-card complications. Finally arriving when her dad is critically ill, she’s buoyed by her incurably optimistic uncle as she negotiates China’s health service and the shock of homecoming.

After War

South Korea

  • Production: <B>After War</B><br>A Jeonju Intl. Film Festival/Mirovision presentation of a Mirovision production, in association with KD Media. (International sales: Mirovision, Seoul.) <B>A Letter from Hiroshima</B><br>A Cuatro Fats production. Directed, written by Nobuhiro Suwa. <B>Survival Game</B><br>A Mirovision production. Produced by Song Lee. Directed, written by Moon Seung-wook. <B>The New Year</B><br>A Golden Era Production Co. production. Produced by Taozi. Executive producer, Wang Xiashuai. Directed, written by Wang Xiashuai.
  • Crew: <B>After War</B><br>Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (video competition), Aug. 4, 2002. Total running time: 108 MIN. <B>A Letter from Hiroshima</B><br>Camera (color, DV), Suwa; editor, Yuji Oshige. Japanese & Korean dialogue. Running time: 36 MIN. <B>The New Year</B><br>Camera (color, DV), Kangbon; editor, Zhou Xinxia. Original Mandarin title: Chuxi. Shanghainese, Mandarin & English dialogue. Running time: 34 MIN. <B>Survival Game</B><br>Camera (color, DV), Chae Hong-pil; editor, Jerry Noh; art director, Lee Dong-eun. Original Korean title: Seobaibeol geim. Korean dialogue. Running time: 38 MIN.
  • With: <B>A Letter from Hiroshima</B><br><B>With:</B> Kim Ho-jeong, Nobuhiro Suwa, Mashu Suwa. <B>Survival Game</B><br><B>With:</B> Jung Eun-pyo. <B>The New Year</B><br><B>With:</B> Taozi, Shi Jie'en
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