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A Midsummer's Fantasia

2014, Color,B&W, 96', Live Action
Dir: JANG Kun-jae
Keyword: Drama
Release: 2015-06-11

 

Film Awards
The 12th Jeju Film Festival (2016,Korea)
The 3rd Muju Film Festival, New Vision Award (2015,Korea)
The 10th Korean Film Festival in Paris, Paysage (2015,France)
The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2015,Hong Kong)
The 30th Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2015,Argentina)
The 10th London Korean Film Festival, Emerging Directors (2015,UK)
The 34th Vancouver International Film Festival, Dragons & Tigers (2015,Canada)
The 5th Sakhalin International Film festival (2015,Russia)
Korean Film Festival D.C. (2015,USA)
The 38th Göteborg International Film Festival (2015,Sweden)
The 4th Toronto Korean Film Festival (2015,Canada)
The 21th Los Angeles Film Festival, Competition (2015,USA)
The 3rd Silk Road Film Festival, Competition (2015,Ireland)
The 11th Zurich Film Festival (2015,Switzerland)
The 1st Bogota International Film Festival (2015,Colombia)
The 16th Asiatica Film Mediale, Best Feature Film Award (2015,Italy)
The 1st Wascow Korean Film Festival (2015,Poland)
The 15th South Taiwan Film Festival, Opening Film (2015,Taiwan)
The 20th Independent Film & Video Makers' Forum (2015,Korea)
The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Spectrum (2015,the Netherlands)
The 40th Seoul Independent Film Festival, Special Mention (2014,Korea)
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (2014,Korea)
The 3rd Nara International Film Festival, Opening Film (2014,Japan)
Synopsis

A Korean Film director, KIM Tae-hoon plans to shoot his new film in a small local city called Gojo, Japan. He travels with his assistant director, PARK Mi-jeong to do research prior to scriptwriting. They travel through several villages that are declining, and interview some local residents there. Most people say there is nothing special about Gojo. Along the way, KIM and PARK meet a municipal official, Yusuke and a middle-aged man, Kenji, and are deeply impressed by their stories. The night before director Kim is to leave Japan, having a strange dream, he wakes up in the middle of night, and looks up at the night sky in Gojo.

Director's Note
Proposed by a Japanese film director, Naomi Kawase, I was going to make my new feature in a small city in Nara prefecture, Japan. I met various people on the road, listened to their various stories, and wrote them in my travel diary. This film is another form of the record of my travel.
Director's Bio / Filmography
- JANG Kun-jae

 

Born in Daegu

Graduated from from Korean Academy of Film Arts
Graduated School of Choong-Ang Univ. Dept. of Visual Art

1998  [I'm Home from School!] 16mm, color, 12min.
          2nd Seoul Int'l Short Film Festival (2000, Korea)
          Encouragement Award, 24th Gold Crown Film Festival (1998, Korea)
          Puchon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (1998, Korea)
          Competition, Busan Asian Short Film Festival (1999, Korea)
          1st Korea Japan Young Film Festival (1999, Korea)
          University Film Festival (1998, Korea)
2002  [Triangle Stories] DV 6mm
          1st Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (2002, Korea)
         [Hard-boiled Chocolate Style] music video, DV 6mm, color, 6min. 
          28th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2002)
2003  [Do not Let Me in Fight] DV 6mm, color, 22min.
          29th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2003)
2007  [Queen of the Universe] music video, DV 6mm, 11min. 
          33rd Seoul Independent Film Festival (2007) 
         [Time in Heaven] 35mm, color, 18ཱི" 
          Korean Cultural Office Australia Screening (2013, Australia)
          12th IndieForum, Independent Film & Video Maker’s Forum (2007, Korea)
          National Competition, 9th Seoul Intl Film Festival (2008, Korea)
          Competition, Busan Asian Short Film Festival (2008, Korea)
2009  [Eighteen] HD, color, 95min.
          12th Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (2010, Argentina)
          Nouvo Cinema Award Winner, 45th Pesaro International Film Festival (2010, Italy)
          2th CPH:PIX Film Festival (2010, Denmark)
          28th Filmfest Muenchen (2010, German)
          27th Jerusalem International Film Festival (2010, Israel)
          20th Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival (2010, Japan)
          12th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2010, Korea)
          14th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (2010, Canada)
          35th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2010, Hong Kong)
          39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (2010, The Netherlands)
          Best Feature Film, 1st Anaheim International Film Festival (2010, USA)
          4th The London Korean Film Festival (2009, UK)
          Dragons & Tigers Award Winner, 28th Vancouver International Film Festival (2009, Canada)
          Independent Star Award Winner, 35th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2009, Korea)
2012 [Sleepless Night] HD, color, 65min.
          15th Black Movie Geneva International Independent Film Festival (2014, Switzerland)
          Opening Film, 7th Gyeongnam Independent Film Festival (2013, Korea)
          37th Sao Paulo International Film Festival (2013, Brazil)
          23th Films From The South Festival (2013, Norway)
          Tashkent International Film Forum “Golden Guepard” (2013, Uzbekistan)
          11th Vladivostok International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" (2013, Russia)
          MoMA(The Museum of Modern Art, NY) "ContemporAsian" (2013, USA)
          Australia "Cinema on the Park-Korean Film Night" (2013, Australia)
          7th OFF PLUS CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema (2013, Poland)
          5th CPH:PIX Film Festival (2013, Denmark)
          Museum of The Moving Image (2013, USA)
          11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival(2013, Ireland)
          27th Festival International de Films de Fribourg (2013, Switzerland)
          37th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2013, Hong Kong)
          42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam (2013, The Netherlands)
          15th International Randevu Istanbul Film Festival (2012, Turkey)
          38th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2012, Korea)
          27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2012, Argentina)
          7th The London Korean Film Festival (2012, UK)
          13th San Diego Asian Film Festival (2012, USA)
          Special Mention of Jury, 34th Festival des 3 Continents (2012, France)
          25th Tokyo International Film Festival (2012, Japan)
          31st Vancouver International Film Festival (2012, Canada)
          2nd Nara International Film Festival (2012, Japan)
          The Student Critics award, 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival (2012, UK)
          12th INDIE 2012 WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (2012, Brazil)
          6th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (2012, Korea)
          Independent Film & Video Makers' Forum (2012, Korea)
          Grand prize & Audience award, 13th Jeonju International Film Festival (2012, Korea) 
2014 [A Midsummer's Fantasia] DCP, color, 96min.
The 12th Jeju Film Festival (2016,Korea)

        2015 Wascow Korean Film Festival (2015, Poland)

          15th South Taiwan Film Festival-Opening Film (2015, Taiwan)
Best Feature Film Award, 16th Asiatica Film Mediale (2015, Italy)
Emerging Directors, 10th London Korean Film Festival (2015, UK)
30th Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2015, Argentina)
Paysage, 10th Korean Film Festival in Paris (2015, France)
1st Bogota International Film Festival (2015, Colombia)
Dragons & Tigers, 34th Vancouver Internatioanl Film Festival (2015, Canada)
11th Zurich Film Festival (2015, Switzerland)
5th Sakhalin International Film Festival (2015, Russia)
Competition, 21st Los Angeles Film Festival (2015, USA)
2015 Korean Film Festival D.C. (2015, USA)
New Vision Award, 3rd Muju Film Festival (2015, Korea)
20th IndieForum (2015, Korea)
4th Toronto Korean Film Festival (2015, Canada)
39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2015, Hong Kong)
Competition, 2015 Silk Road Film Festival (2015, Ireland)
38th Göteborg International Film Festival (2015, Sweden)
45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015, The Netherlands)
Special Mention, 40th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2014, Korea)
Best Director Award by Director's Guild of Korea, 19th Busan International Film Festival (2014, Korea)
Opening Film, 3rd Nara International Film Festival (2014, Japan)

 

Staff

Director/Screenwriter : JANG Kun-jae
Production : Nara International Film Festival, Mocushura
World Sales : INDIESTORY Inc.
Producer : Naomi Kawase, JANG Kun-jae
Cinematography : Masayuky Fujii 
Music : LEE Min-whee
Recording : KIM Hyun-sang
Mixing : KIM Yong-joo
Editor : JANG Kun-jae, LEE Yeon-jung
Lighting : Shinichi Matsukuma 

Cast

KIM Sae-byuk as PARK Mi-jeong & Hye-jeong
IWASE Ryo as Takeda Yusuke
LIM Hyung-kook as KIM Tae-hoon

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