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- Movie: Stateless Things
- Revised romanization: Jooltak Dongshi
- Hangul: 줄탁동시
- Director: Kim Kyung-Mook
- Writer: Kim Kyung-Mook
- Producer: Park Jin-Won
- Cinematographer: Kang Kuk-Hyun
- World Premiere: September 8, 2011 (Venice Film Festival)
- Release Date: March 1, 2012
- Runtime: 117 min.
- Genre: Drama / Arthouse / Indie / North Korea / Gay
- Distributor: Indiestory
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©
"Stateless Things" follows two men who live on the fringe of society in South Korea.
Joon (Paul Lee) is a North Korean defector who works at a gas station. His co-worker at the gas station is Soon-Hee (Kim Sae-Byeok), an ethnic Korean who migrated to the country from China. When the boss at the gas station sexually harasses Soon-Hee, Joon finds himself sticking up from the woman. Joon is soon relieved from his job, but returns to collect his unpaid wages. A fight erupts that leads Joon and Soon-Hee escaping from their workplace together.
Hyun (Yeom Hyun-Joon) is a good-looking young man who finds himself living in an expensive high-rise apartment. He lives there as the lover of a wealthy, older businessman (Lim Hyung-Guk). Hyun receives a phone call from a woman looking for her husband.
Joon and Hyun then meet to put an end to their lives. In the process, their outlook on life changes ...
- 2011 (68th) Venice Film Festival - August 31-September 10, 2011 - Orizzonti *World Premiere
- 2011 (30th) Vancouver International Film Festival - September 29-October 14, 2011 - Dragons and Tigers *North American Premiere
- 2011 (55th) BFI London Film Festival - October 12-27, 2011 - World Cinema
- 2011 (37th) Seoul Independent Film Festival - December 8-16, 2011 - Feature Length
- 2012 (41st) International Film Festival Rotterdam - January 25-February 5, 2012 - Spectrum *Dutch Premiere
- 2012 (36th) Hong Kong International Film Festival - March 21-April 5, 20112 - Young Cinema Competition
- 2012 (14th) Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema - April 11-22, 2012 - Panorama
- 2012 (14th) Taipei Film Festival - June 29 - July 21, 2012 - Panorama - Director in Focus: Kim Kyung-Mook
- 2012 (16th) Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival - July 19-29, 2012 - Vision Express
- 2012 (12th) New Horizons International Film Festival - July 19-29, 2012 - July 19-29, 2012 - New Horizons International Competition
- 2012 (12th) Osian's-Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab - July 27-Aug. 5, 2012 - In Competition: Asian and Arab Cometition
- 2012 (7th) Korean Film Festival In Paris - October 30-November 6, 2012 - Landscape
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