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- Movie: Faces of Seoul
- Revised romanization: SEO-WOOL EUI UL-GUL
- Director: Gina Kim
- World Premiere: September 11, 2009 (Venice Film Festival)
- Release Date: 2009
- Runtime: 93 min.
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
After moving to the US in 1995, Gina Kim returned to her hometown of Seoul, Korea year after year to film the city. Faces of Seoul is a personal portrait of Kim’s Seoul, comprised of the material she has compiled over the past twelve years. Representing one of the world’s most populous, but little documented cities, the film offers a unique perspective, foregrounding Gina Kim’s own intimate relationship with Seoul, one that, for her, renders it the site of both gratifying and painful memories, without compromising the integrity of the city’s spirit and culture.
Taking us on a journey through the ever-changing modern metropolis, from the Seodaemun Prison to the blooming cherry blossoms in a verdant park, from a neighborhood occupied with American Soldiers to a parade of Buddhists marching through the streets, Gina Kim explores the city she so fondly remembers, reconciling the reality of her memories with the reality right in front of her.
Featuring intimate stories that are drawn from autobiographical experiences, various historical and literary references about Seoul, and archival footage, Faces of Seoul reveals Korea’s capital as a dynamic place where values continuously collide with one another without yielding a single dominant perspective.- ginakim.com
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