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There was a director who had become a threat to society, and was incarcerated because of a movie, yet he never stopped shouting out to the world about the contradictions and unfairness of the reality through his movies. Director HONG Ki-seon, who suddenly died three days after he finished filming The Discloser, his 4th film as well as his posthumous work, had stood against the world with his sharp social awareness throughout his movie career. Director HONG Ki-seon was a legendary figure in the independent film industry in Korea. He is considered one of the founders of the independent film industry due to his activities in moviemaking club Yalasyung in Seoul National University, Seoul Visual Collective, and so forth. Even after he began his career in commercial films, he had always remembered the neglected, the forgotten ones, and had portrayed their stories through his movies. This year, BIFAN prepared a special tribute section for Director HONG Ki-seon featuring his movies as well as his past steps. In collaboration with Korean Film Archive, the 2K digital remastered version of Surisae and Parangsae, a legendary film depicting the Korean Independent movie movement in the 80s, will be premiered. This is the first time to digitally remaster an 8mm independent film, and it is more meaningful since the director himself donated the original 8mm film to the Korean Film Archive during his lifetime. His journey to expose the specter of oppression and unfairness, as well as to portray his belief and hope for the world with justice where no one is being left out through his films are not only the most realistic endeavor, but also the most unrealistic one in the harsh era where films were not allowed to exist and speak of the society ‘as-is’.

Surise

HONG Ki-seon

  • Korea
  • 1984
  • 32min

Parangsae

HONG Ki-seon / YI Hyo-in / LEE Jungha

  • Korea
  • 1986
  • 37min

Cutting the Sorrow With a Knife Stuck in the Chest

HONG Ki-seon

  • Korea
  • 1992
  • 98min

The Road Taken

HONG Ki-seon

  • Korea
  • 2003
  • 108min

If You Were Me 3: An Ephemeral Life

HONG Ki-seon

  • Korea
  • 2006
  • 17min

Where the Truth Lies

HONG Ki-seon

  • Korea
  • 2009
  • 99min

The Discloser

HONG Ki-seon

  • Korea
  • 2017
  • 95min