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My Song Is. . .

Digital aesthetic is shown to be just as difficult as celluloid filmmaking in South Korean movie-within-a-movie drama "My Song Is…".

'Babel'

A digital aesthetic is shown to be just as difficult to execute as celluloid filmmaking in South Korean movie-within-a-movie drama “My Song Is … ” Second feature by helmer Ahn Seul-ki was funded by thesps, crew and Asia Cinema Fund, with post-production coin supplied by the Pusan fest. Rough-around-the-edges pic exhibits dry wit and an unpretentious sense of its value, making it entertaining enough on its own unambitious terms. Digital sidebars at fests will want to look, and this effort could act as a calling card if Ahn seeks more upscale work.

Put-upon Seoul slacker Hee-chul (Shin Hyun-ho) finds himself drafted as a thesp in a student film when he makes a food delivery for a buddy’s restaurant. Two-person crew consists of ambitious, manipulative helmer Yeon-ju (Yoon Sei-min) and her surly cameraman Sang-oh (Ju Min-ha). Black-and-white lensing is occasionally superseded by even rougher, grainier color for film-within-the-film footage. Built-in critique implies that a negative movie experience should encourage complainants to go out and make a better film themselves. Perfs are a tad stilted, but Shin garners enough sympathy to support pic through its flaws. Tech credits are just OK.

My Song Is. . .

South Korea

  • Production: An Indiestory production in association with Asia Cinema Fund. (International sales: Indiestory, Seoul.) Produced by Mo Sung-jin. Directed, written by Ahn Seul-ki.
  • Crew: Camera (B&W/color, HD-to-35mm), Choi Tak-june; editor, Ahn Seul-ki; music, Choi Ik-gun. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (New Currents — competing), Oct. 7, 2007. Original Korean title: Na-ui no-rae-neun. Running time: 79 MIN.
  • With: <B>With:</B> Shin Hyun-ho, Min Sei-yuen, Yoon Sei-min, Ju Min-ha.
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