나쁜영화 Timeless, Bottomless, Bad Movie_장선우 Jang Sun-woo

나쁜영화 Timeless, Bottomless, Bad Movie_장선우 Jang Sun-woo

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Korea / 1997 / Color, B&W / 144min / SD

Description

Offering more than a few glimpses of pure transgressive brilliance, TIMELESS BOTTOMLESS BAD MOVIE has many layers of depth among its distinctive stink. Using documentary footage and reenactments, BAD MOVIE is about the alienated youth who riot for they have the energy and the disfranchised homeless who are just too tired to do anything about it. BAD MOVIE’s constantly shifting and warped narrative is never jagged, tired, or acts like it’s fucking around. Many vignettes come off as a classier Gregg Araki without the urgency, cheese, and panic, or even a pessimistic Wong Kar-Wai without the wonder and twee. Balancing between scenes of the two subjects first strike as lofty and loose, but as the film closes, their parallels turn into staggering segments of revelations full of perceptiveness. In a decade of laziness but heightened awareness, Jang Sun-Woo has crafted the nearly perfect Generation X version of a New Wave film.

This dizzying collage of scenes from the lives of street kids and elderly winos in Seoul is in many ways the movie Larry Clark tried to make in Kids: a kaleidoscope of broken hopes, blow jobs, dope, petty crime, video games, liquor and rapes. Jang does everything possible to abdicate from the director's conventional role and responsibilities, using ciné-vérité to shoot the winos and turning over the scripting of the rest to the street kids themselves. He also shot everything with three cameras simultaneously (one 35mm, one 16mm, one digital 8) and cuts freely between the resulting rushes to minimise any sense of an orderly mise en scène. His own moral perspective on the characters is never stated but continuously implied by the juxtaposition of the two generations. Many of the episodes are shocking or disturbing; the film was released in Korea minus 30 minutes of sex and anti-social behaviour, but it can be seen uncut abroad.

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