Since the Nouvelle Vague, no one in France is surprised if a critic makes a film, but in most countries it remains unusual. Jung Sung-Il, one of the most important Korean film critics, makes his debut with an incredibly successful tragic romantic stream-of-consciousness film lasting more than three hours, in which he does not hide his admiration for his sources.
On the contrary, that capability to admire is a creative power here. The story - about a music teacher who is left in the lurch on Christmas Eve by his lover - is borrowed from Dostoevsky's White Nights and Goethe’s The Suffering of the Young Werther. The action has been moved to contemporary Seoul. And anyone who shoots film there cannot avoid politics, police and demonstrations: the dreamy Café noir is right up there in the middle of the real world. With its homages to Hong Sang-Soo, Bong Joon-Ho, Park Chan-Wook and Kim Ki-Duk it is also a compendium of ten years of recent Korean film history.

Original title
Ka-pe nu-wa-ru
Filmmaker
Jung Sung-il
Country
South Korea
Year
2009
Medium
HDcam
Length
197’
Language
Korean
Producer
Kim Jongwon
Production Company
Polaris Production
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Writer
Jung Sung-il
Cinematography
Kim Jun-Young
Editor
Moon In-Dae
Production Design
Jo Sang-Gyeong
Sound Design
Lee Seung-Chul
Music
Lee Ji-Yeon
Cast
Shin Ha-Kyun
Website
http://www.mline-distribution.com/sub/library_010100.html?bmain=view&mode=&uid=25