2014, South Korea
175 min., col., language — Korean

Director and scriptwriter Park Jungbum
DoP Kim Jongsun
Production design
Music Park In young
Sound Jin Donghoon, Kim Hyunsang
Editing Jo Hyunju
Cast Park Jungbum, Lee Seungyeon, Park Myunghoon, Shin Heatbit
Producers Park Jungbum, Kim Youngjin, Jang Byungwon, Lee Sangyong, Park Hongsik
Production Secondwind Film
World sales Finecut

You earn as much as you work, and you live off that money. This simple proposition has always been a problem for Jung-cheol. At the soybean paste factory he went to work for in the bitter winter, he dreams of travelling to warm Philippines in spring; as long as he survives the winter making his portion of the soybean paste that he promised the boss. But the more he struggles to live, the worse it gets. And soon, the fermentation room turns musty with the black mold spreading from the thousands of ferment boiled soybean lumps.

  • 2nd place, Junior jury award; Locarno IFF-2014
  • Special mention; Singapore IFF-2014

Director, scriptwriter, producer. Born in 1976, Seoul, Korea. With his first short film «Templementary» (2000) and the second short «125 Jeon Seung-Chul» (2008), he was granted numerous prizes at many prestigious film festivals. Then he went on to serve as the assistant director on Lee Chang-dong’s film «Poetry» (Best Screenplay at 2010 Cannes Film Festival) and in 2009, he completed his debut feature «The Journals Of Musan», which made its world premiere at 2010 Busan IFF and won both the New Currents Award and the FIPRESCI Award. The film had received numerous awards including the Grand-prix at Marrakech IFF and Tiger Award at Rotterdam IFF. «Alive» is his second feature.