Eighteen

  • 95'
  • South Korea
  • 2009
EIghteen years old and in love. In striking scenes, Eighteen follows the demise of an immature infatuation, with all the blazing flames and burns that causes. In this sensitive, slightly melancholy teenager-in-love drama, 18-year-old Tae-Hoon continues stubbornly to pursue his beloved Mi-Jeong, even though both their parents demand they don't see each other any more. His impulsive behaviour conflicts with their urge for control and status. Mi-Jeong, however, drifts away from her admirer, who becomes increasingly clumsy and desperate.
Eighteen won the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema in Vancouver. That the South Korean director Jang was himself trained as a cameraman is obvious from the meticulous, detailed camera work of his debut film shot on DV. In his own words, Jang made his film about a forbidden love in order to come to terms with his own teenage years. The two young, non-professional actors also ensure that Eighteen stays close to the feelings of a revelling 18-year-old.

Director
Jang Kun-Jae
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
95'
Medium
HDcam
Original title
Hoe-ori ba-ram
Language
Korean
Producers
Kim Woo-Ri, Kim Sol
Production Company
wooSan Film
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Screenplay
Jang Kun-Jae
Cinematography
Lee Hyung-Bin
Editor
Jang Kun-Jae, Lee Yeon-Jung, Jang Kun-Jae
Production Design
E.U.B.
Sound Design
Chang Chul-Ho
Music
Kim Tae-Seong
Cast
Seo Jun-Yeong
Website
http://www.mline-distribution.com/sub/library_010100.html?bmain=view&mode=&uid=42