“The [Berlinale] audience… laughed and clapped their hands at the offscreen narrator’s comical voice acting and stayed seated and applauded until the end of the credits.” – Yonhap News
A unique cinematic experience in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Korean Film Archive, BAPFF screens Korea’s oldest surviving silent film Crossroads of Youth, remastered, and presented in the style of the silent era – with live musical accompaniment, singers and a ‘Movie Talker’ (Byeonsa), who not only narrates but gives voice to the characters (and sometimes even sound effects!).
The masterwork by director Ahn Jong-hwa is a love story which reveals the harsh times faced by young men and women during colonial Korea in the 1930s. Together with remastering the print, the film has been re-scripted with a live performance directed by award-winning Korean director and APSA Academy member Kim Tae-yong (Memento Mori).
The result is a mesmerising cross-media film/performance which presents the film just as Korean audiences would have experienced it when first premiered in 1934.
Music written and composed by Park Chun-hwi
Presented in association with the Korean Film Archive