An online talk to go with the recent online short film screenings.
Online talk with directors Kim Soy and Kim Kkobbi
Thursday 1 April 2021, 12:00 – 13:30 BST
Venue online; register via EventBrite
An online talk with Underground Salon directors Kim Soy and Kim Kkobbi, part of our Spring KFN season exploring short film innovators.
For our Spring edition of Korean Film Nights, we present short films from two innovative YouTube channels. In the era of Coronavirus we have witnessed the film industry shifting online, and these offerings showcase the rising stars who have continued to draw audiences of thousands to view their imaginative, dramatic and artistic works.
Part of cutting edge YouTube channel Salon De 0.5 F (Underground Salon), directors Kim Soy (My Eggs) and Kim Kkobbi (I Love Camping) will be joining us on April 1 to discuss their innovative short films and expansive careers.
After registering, you will be emailed a week in advance with a Zoom link to join our discussion. We highly recommend watching Kim Soy’s My Eggs and Kim Kkobbi’s I Love Camping (links below) before attending. After the live talk, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A.
Kim Soy’s My Eggs begins with its filmmaking protagonist Sujin (played by the director herself) being reminded how close her screenplays are to her life, and then follows her reluctant journey, at the insistence of her mother (Ahn Min-yeong), to get her ova frozen, even though she does not want children of her own. It is a playful tale of an eccentric woman made aware that her biological clock is ticking, and struggling to live her own life despite the expectations of others. Sujin’s confidante is her own egg (voiced by Lee Min-ji), which talks to her from within her ovary – but Sujin’s real children are indie films just like My Eggs, even as it is strongly implied that this script too is autobiographical.
Do You Like Camping?
Kim Kkobbi’s Do You Like Camping? (aka Aimez-vous camping) sees a motorcyclist (played by Kim), camping by the windy sea and spurning a hipsterish male fellow camper’s attentions while herself fixating on a female camper (Yozoh) who is more her speed. As everyone vies to have – and to be seen having – an authentic camping experience, posturing pretensions are exposed to the elements. Wryly observed, and never quite going where expected, this is an off- season, off-kilter delight, subverting everything including its own gestures towards romance.
Kim Soy started her career as lead member of K-pop group T.T.MA. Since then she has landed lead roles in hit films such as Drawing Paper (2007) & Ohayo Sapporo (2013). The 2013 hit Rough Play marked the beginning of a fruitful creative partnership with prolific director Shin Yeon-shick, most recently starring alongside Steven Yeun in his acclaimed 2016 feature Like a French Film. Her playfull and funny short film My Eggs (2020) follows the protagonist, Sujin’s, journey to get her ova frozen.
Kim Kkobbi had her breakthrough in the acclaimed 2009 hit Breathless (a favourite at LKFF in 2018), earning her a Best Actress award from the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival as well as Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Since then she has gone on to act in Yeon Sang-ho’s (Train to Busan) King of Pigs (2011) as well as playing the leading role in the Japanese horror film A Record of Sweet Murder (2014). Her wry short Do You Like Camping (2020) subverts genre expectations, never quite going where expected.