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NOT OUT

LEE Jung-gon
Korea 2021 108min DCP color Fiction 12 World Premiere
Overview

Gwangho, a prospect on his high school baseball team, is not drafted by a professional baseball team. His desire to continue playing baseball strains his relationship with his team members. Gwangho eventually begins selling fake gasoline with his friend Mincheol.

Review

Gwangho is different from the usual protagonists of films about youth. Honest about his desires, he does not care about other people’s sacrifices. Indeed, Gwangho does not seem “innocent” even if it is due to the victim mentality he has had since childhood. But despite revealing his desires, the life of this nineteen-year-old is completely in tangles. His wish to enter a college instead of a professional team is considered a betrayal by his teammates and provides a chance for his coach to take bribes. Set on going to college even if it meant losing his friends, Gwangho gets himself into major trouble to make money. Making an homage to the film Kids Return with the line “We haven’t even started,” NOT OUT neither saves nor gives up on Gwangho. Like the “Uncaught Third Strike” (called “strikeout not out” in Korean) rule in baseball, Gwangho has barely made it to the first base on a technicality despite being struck out. And he may just be able to make it all the way to the home plate if everything works out from now on. (MOON Seok)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayLEE Jung-gon
  • ProducerKIM Minsung
  • CinematographyKIM Youngkook
  • GafferKIM Kwangmin
  • Production DesignJEONG Yijin
  • MusicKIM Jiyeon
  • EditorCHOI Hyunsook
  • SoundLEE Sungjune
CastJEONG Jaekwang, JUNG Seungkil, LEE Kyusung
FILM SOURCE
LEEAHN Film / leejg12266@naver.com
DIRECTOR
LEE Jung-gon
Born in 1989, Seoul, Korea. Graduated from Korea Academy of Film Arts. Including his main work The Distance between Us (2016), he directed 3 short films.
Sponsor
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