Underground Man (Jiha Saenghwal-ja) (1993)|
Director : Kim Dae-hyun
Year of Production : 1993
Genre : Drama/Fiction
Format : 16mm/Color
Running Time : 14 minutes
Director/Screenplay : Kim Dae-hyun
Cinematography : Lee Jae-ho
Lighting : Kim Hyun-il
Young Man - Kim Hyun-il
It’s the night of Christmas Eve and a young man is alone in his underground flat. He feeds his goldfish, eats ramen and watches television when all of a sudden, a blackout occurs. Although the house on top of his flat and the entire world have light, the young man spends Christmas Eve alone in the darkness.
Purpose of Production
The movie expresses the reality of Korean society through the juxtaposition of the underground and the aboveground, the world of light and the world of darkness, showing the psychology of man within that reality. Because the work is a monodrama with limitations of time and space, instead of relying on the dramatic element, the film creates visual impact through the darkness of the underground flat.
Awards and Showings at Film Festivals
Shown at the 18th Asian American Film Festival in New York
Shown at the Retrospective of the 1st Seoul International Independent Short Film Festival
Shown at the 6th Dresden International Short Film Festival
Third Place at the 1993 Newcomer’s Film Festival
Director Bio : Kim Dae-hyun (1965- )
He graduated from the Business Management Department at Korea University and received his graduate degree from the Department of Theater and Film at Dongguk University. In 1990, he founded the independent film collective, Hyeonsil, and made short films such as Journal of the Incident (Sagun ilji) (1990), and Road to Seoul (Seoul kil) (1990), earning positive reviews. His 1993 film, Underground Man, was accepted into the finals of the Dresden International Film Festival. His Namaste Seoul (1995) and Mist (Ahn gae) (1996) received positive reviews domestically as well. He was appointed as chief of the executive office of the Seoul International Independent Film Festival and was also appointed a programmer there. He is active in independent films in a variety of ways such as screenwriting, as part of an independent film group, and in helping in the distribution of independent films.