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Birds

DPRK199289minFictionDCPcolor

DirectorRIM Changbum

Yun Hyeong-gu, an ornithologist more than 80 years old, had a son who went missing about 40 years ago. One day, he spots a Ddaurian Starling common starling flying from Japan to North Korea. Puzzled by the fact that this bird species does not inhabit in Japan, he decides to further investigate it and eventually discovers that it was sent by his son living in South Korea. After confirming his son is still alive, he begins a research project on migratory birds in collaboration with his son by bypassing Japan. Along the way, they find an opportunity to reunite with each other decades after separation.

Schedule

  • 2019-08-16

    18:00

    PyeongChang Olympic Stadium

    G E Invitation holders only

  • 2019-08-17

    16:00

    CGV Kangneung 2

    G E GV Go

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Program Note

The film was completed in 1992 with the Japanese investment of 100 million KRW and the participation of North Korean staffs and actors and was screened in the Best of Asian Film at the 5th Tokyo International Film Festival. It was based on the novel Ddaurian Starling written by a North Korean writer Lim Jongsang which was featured in the March edition of Chosun Literature in 1990. Two ornithologists from North and South Korea, who are actually father and son, release birds for research and confirm each other’s whereabouts. Based on the true story of Won Hong-gu and Won Pyong-oh, it was shot in North Korea and Japan, showing beautiful, intact nature and rare birds such as black-faced spoonbills in North Korea. Even though it is a propaganda film, it doesn’t look too political. Focusing on the mournful reunion which signifies two Koreas, the film depicts the issues of division and separation in a humane approach.

 

Credit

  • ProducerRYU Dongnam, PARK Chanjung
  • Cast YOO Wonjun, CHO Myungsun, KANG Sanggeum, RI Yeongseong, KIM Junsik, RYANG Yeonghui
  • Screenwriter KIM Seryun
  • Cinematography KWAK Chulsam
  • Editor KIM Youngsil
  • Music JUNG Ilyoung
  • Sound CHOI Gwangmu

Director

  • RIM Changbum

    Born in 1942, Muncheon-si, Gangwon-do. After graduating from the department of production at Pyongyang University of Dramatic, Cinematic Arts, he worked as a director at the Korean Art Film Studio. He was awarded the Order of Merit Artist in 1988. Birds is the first collaboration with Japan.