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Korean Competition for Shorts

May·JEJU·Day

Jude KANG
Korea 2021 15min DCP color/b&w Documentary Animation G World Premiere
Overview

In Jeju Island, considered the Hawaii of Korea, an incident named "Jeju 4·3" killed about 1 in 10 people, under control of the U.S. military government, shortly after liberation from Japanese colonial rule. In this film, the children who survived the massacre 70 years ago testify with their drawings.

Review

Combining documentary and animation, the film consists of the testimony of survivors who were young during the April 3rd incident and their drawings. These elements make the film more significant. Instead of showing the scenery of Jeju tainted with outcry and blood, it is full of the sound of insects, waves, boiling cauldron, and children playing with ropes. This makes it more frightening and poignant. It was 9:30 in the morning. Just an ordinary day. Suddenly, a baby started crying when metals penetrated the room window. The uninvited guests dragged people out of the house and lighted a fire in broad daylight. Fires had blackened the sky. Testimonies are very detailed in May·JEJU·Day. Survivors remember the color of buttons in the military uniform, their faces, and the thin ice on the blood-stained ground glittered like jewels in the sunlight. They say that even after 70 years, they vividly remember the inferno like yesterday when they close their eyes. It is aching to hear them saying they are grateful to survive the incident. They haven’t received any apology. Where are the people who hurt them so badly? (KIM Mijo)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayJude KANG
  • ProducerJude KANG
  • CinematographyJude KANG
  • GafferJude KANG
  • Production DesignJude KANG
  • MusicJeju soriwat
  • EditorJude KANG
  • SoundJude KANG
CastGO Wan-soon, KIM Bu-ja, MUN Jung-sim, YANG A-hong, JUNG Gyung-soon
FILM SOURCE
KIAFA AniSEED / kaniseed@kiafa.org
DIRECTOR
Jude KANG
Born in 1987, Seoul, Korea. Including her main work Grandma’s diving spot (2012), she directed 5 films. She won the Grand Prize at the Asiana International Short Film Festival for Grandma’s diving spot.
Sponsor
Jeonju Office

(54999) 2F, JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 288 5433 F. +82 (0)63 288 5411

Seoul Office

(04031) 4F, 16, Yanghwa-ro 15-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)2 2285 0562 F. +82 (0)2 2285 0560

JEONJU Cine Complex

(54999) JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 231 3377