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YesAsia Editorial Description
Indie writer-director Kim Byung Woo blurs reality, fiction, and film in his mesmerizing sophomore feature Written. Premiering at the 2007 Pusan Film Festival, the picture is remarkably original and engaging, using limited resources to construct a visually and narratively striking meditation on identity, creativity, and the film medium.
|Product Title:||Written (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) Written (DVD) (初回版) (韓國版) Written (DVD) (初回版) (韩国版) Written (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) 리튼 (DVD) (초회판) (한국판)|
|Also known as:||戲中戲中戲 戏中戏中戏|
|Artist Name(s):||Lee Jin Seok (Actor) Lee Jin Seok (Actor) Lee Jin Seok (Actor) Lee Jin Seok (Actor) 이진석 (Actor)|
|Director:||Kim Byung Woo 金秉佑 金秉佑 Kim Byung Woo 김병우|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1021970711|
* Screen format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen, NTSC
* Sound mix: DOLBY DIGITAL 2.0
* Director: 김병우
김병우 감독의 한양대 졸업작품인 영화 <리튼>은 메타 영화다. 영화에 대한 영화라는 의미다. 일단 내용을 한번 정리해보자. 차가운 물이 가득한 욕조에서 남자 A가 깨어난다. 벽에는 ‘Go to the hospital!’(병원으로 가시오!)이라고 쓰여 있다. 배에는 큰 상처가 벌어져 있다. 누군가가 A의 신장을 강탈해간 것이다. A는 신장을 찾아 헤매다가 시나리오작가라는 여자를 만난다. 그녀는 A가 집필 중인 시나리오 속의 캐릭터에 불과하며 언젠가는 A를 연기하는 진짜 배우를 만나게 될 거라고 말한다. 그런데 문제가 발생한다. 작가가 시나리오를 제대로 끝내지 못하고 어디론가 사라져버린 것이다. A는 자신의 존재가치를 증명하기 위해 자신을 연기하는 배우를 찾아나서지만 배우는 그를 피한다. 한편, 영화의 감독과 스탭들은 영화의 결말을 알기 위해 사라진 작가의 집을 뒤지며 촬영을 계속한다.
여기까지 시놉시스를 읽고 혼란에 빠졌다면 그건 당연한 일이다. <리튼>은 ‘창작’에 대한 초현실적인 아이디어로 시작된 영화다. 완성되지 않은 시나리오 속 허구의 인물이 자신을 창조한(혹은 창조 중인) 시나리오작가, 감독, 배우에게 도전한다는 이야기는 논리적인 설명 자체가 가능하지 않다. 스릴러의 외피를 쓰고 있긴 하지만 <리튼>이 다소 관념적인 실험영화의 한계에서 완벽하게 탈출하지 못하는 것도 그 때문이다. <리튼>은 대신 공들여 제작한 인공 세트 속에서 추상적인 아이디어를 영상화하는 데 주력한다. 마지막 장면을 예로 들자면, A는 자신을 연기하는 배우와 결국 마주치지만 배우는 스산하게 웃으며 문을 열고 나가버린다. A는 그를 뒤쫓아가지만 이미 문은 사라지고 없다. 배우는 이미 영화 바깥의 공간으로 나가버렸고 A는 영화 속 공간에 여전히 갇혀 있다. 결국 모든 것은 영화 속의 공간일 따름인 것이다. <리튼>이 간단한 편집과 프로덕션디자인의 마술을 통해 아이디어를 영상화하는 방식은 꽤 재치가 있다. 상업영화 진영 안에서의 차기작을 기대해볼 만하다.
tip/ <리튼>은 2007년 부산영화제 공식 초청작이며 올해 카를로비 바리 국제영화제에서 아시아영화진흥기구상을 수상했다.
등장인물 A는 신장 한쪽을 강탈당한 채 욕조 안에서 깨어난다. 신장을 찾는 과정에서 A는 이야기 속으로 들어온 작가를 만나, 머지않아 배우와 대면할 것이라는 말을 듣는다. 하지만 작가는 사라지고 영화감독과 배우가 이야기의 끝을 내기 위해 그를 쫓는다. 쓰여 있을 것인가, 스스로 쓸 것인가? 자신의 정체성을 찾기 위한 한 남자의 필사의 추적이 시작된다.
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Professional Review of "Written (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"
Korean indie Written, the second outing from writer director Kim Byung Woo is a brain teaser of a film which doesn't blur the line between fiction and reality, so much as it jumps all over it, before proceeding to erase it completely. Needless to say, the film is one which requires a fair amount of work and commitment from the viewer - not that this should be seen as a bad thing by any means, and Kim thankfully offers plenty of intellectual and philosophical rewards for those prepared to make the effort. Having originally been released back in 2007, premiering at the Pusan Film Festival, it now arrives on DVD, giving a wider audience the chance to scratch their heads and try and figure out exactly what may or may not be going on.
The film opens sensibly enough in generic thriller fashion, with an unfortunate man (played by actor Lee Jin Suk, recently in Gangster High) waking up in a filthy room, slumped in a bathtub with a kidney missing. On the wall is scribbled the helpful advice "Go to a Hospital". Wandering the murky corridors of what appears to be some kind of warehouse labyrinth, he meets a woman (actress Kim Bo Young, The Naked Kitchen) who claims to be the writer of a film script which he is a character in, with his fate as yet undecided. Confusingly, for both the man and the viewer, this turns out to be true, with the director of the film (Park Jin Soo) and the actor playing him (Lee Sang Hyuk) both appearing, searching for the missing final pages of the script.
Written really throws the viewer in at the deep end, and continues to bewilder without many concessions to narrative traditions, and indeed without much mercy. Although the premise of having a fictional protagonist whose life is controlled and threatened by omnipotent figures in the real world is not itself particularly original, Kim uses it for far more than a simple gimmick or plot device. Through it, he provides a fascinating exploration, or perhaps more accurately a reflection, of the artistic process and its chaos, jumping around between different perspectives and creative spaces, all the while progressing through a kind of weird, Groundhog Day style repeated sequence of events.
Although this may sound somewhat pretentious, it actually works surprisingly well, and all lofty concerns aside, the film functions admirably as a straight, if bewildering, mystery thriller. By slowly feeding the viewer answers along with his nominal protagonist, Kim manages to generate an effectively oppressive air of Kafkaesque paranoia and fear throughout, piling on the existential angst. While the film is wilfully obtuse, and may well prove too frustrating for many, it does revolve around a set of basically believable and sympathetic characters, and as a result is somewhat grounded rather than being a mere exercise in empty art house pontificating. Challenging the viewer in this manner is a bold move, though Kim just about pulls it off, despite an ending which rather predictably doesn't really provide any satisfactory answers.
It certainly helps that the film is a visually impressive affair, engaging the eyes right from the very first frame. Kim makes brave use of bold, over saturated colours to create a surreal yet gritty environment that fits well with the film's themes and artistic aspirations. Filled with fast cuts, shaky camera work and technical flourishes, it is markedly stylised, though at times a little too much so, almost to the point of being rather dizzying. Although the budget was quite obviously low, the limited locations are put to great use, and their theatrical, forced feel adds to the overall sense of claustrophobia.
As should be obvious, Written is not a film for everyone, and those seeking a comfortable, standard viewing experience might be better looking elsewhere. However, for those willing to go with the flow and attempt to get their heads around Kim's oddball journey through an increasingly surreal scenario, it does offer many rewards, and though it doesn't always make a great deal of sense, it manages to impress and hold the interest.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
Customer Review of "Written (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"
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February 9, 2010
Written in a Book of Strife
The film begins with a man waking up in a dingy bathroom, lying in a bath full of water and his own blood, possibly drugged with one of his kidneys missing. He sees a message on a wall written in English saying “Get to the hospital”, he clutches his wound, feels lost and isolated to where he actually is. He meets another man (an actor?) sitting at a desk in an adjacent corridor with a female secretary, but the actor only probes the confused man about himself (the secretary tends to her nails). The plot then alternates to two filmmakers and a screenwriter, cogitating what becomes of the man, showing this as a figment of imagination; a character lost in the mind of a film director and a female screenwriter. But the dark surreal isn’t simple; the ‘character’ (the man) confronts the female screenwriter in a more ornate room (blurring fiction and reality), frantically asking her where he is and of his missing kidney. Is he captive? The woman tells the character he exists in her mind, and what ever she writes to the ‘plot’, decides his fate and outcome; his escape or death. She warns the character about an actor, a ruthless and restless man who needs to unlock the unknown truth or ‘ending’ of the character’s fate. Likewise do the filmmakers, but only the screenwriter moulds the outcome of the story, hiding the plot ending within the man. But if the character encounters the actor who is to emulate him, the character will die.
“Written” is a metaphysical type (think “Eraserhead” meets “Teenage Hooker Becomes Killing Machine” surreal) that lies outside the boundaries of normal reality. In fact anticipate a nightmare world of metaphysical reality and allegorical juxtapositions of filmmaking and character identity. The film plot constantly revolves around a character, scrutinised by an actor, screenwriter and director. Throughout, like a recurring nightmare, the scene of the blooded bath and the confused character are described intricately in 4 parts. By the character, the screenwriter, the director and finally the actor, where the ‘actor’ struggles with the ‘characters’ plight. It’s Looking Glass surreal that’s for sure, especially concerning filmmakers and surrealists, but for a normal audience this is challenging stuff. It provokes the thinking; is the man-actor struggling within himself, a suicide, an analogy of the ‘lost’, paranoid schizophrenia? It could be all, it could be some, or All could be One. Be warned not an easy film to slip into.