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What to know: Absolutely delightful! Highly recommended.
MIME, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 13-18
19 minutes
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Wow! First of all I have to say that this is absolutely one of the best short films I have seen in some time. It is extraordinarily well produced from the storyline to the acting, the locations/sets, the background music and the editing. Everything is so well executed. You just don't want it to end. I commend the writer/director Sang Mock Lee for coming up with such an interesting storyline and creating a beautiful film out of it. The protagonist played by Kyung Sik Lee is truly adorable and charming from the opening scene to the end. The other two lead actors that play Lola and the mom are equally good, although their roles are more of a support role. The use of black & white cinematography at times and color at other times is well played out, showing Kyung Sik's exuberance when he falls in love and again at the end when he reconciles his situation. It gives insight into another culture and we discover at the end why there is no spoken dialogue. There are a couple of scenes where drinking what appears to be an alcoholic substance take place so, with that in mind, I shall recommend this for teens, ages 13 to 18, plus adults. From Korea, there is no spoken dialogue so the narrative is in sub-titles, in both Korean and English. Absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend it for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Gyeong-sik, the son of a local fish restaurant owner in Jeju, is also a mime with true passion for his craft. Gyeong-sik's mother hopes he will take over her restaurant, since he is also a talented cook favored by customers. So his mother wishes that he would take over her restaurant. However, Gyeong-sik prefers entertaining people as a mime. One day, he falls in love with Lola, a sophisticated girl from Jeju City. But eventually, Lola leaves him with only the scars of love lost. The romance leaves Gyeong-sik skeptical about his mime career and questioning his own self-worth. His mother cooks his favorite fish soup. As she offers her heartfelt encouragement, he recalls why he started performing as a mime and musters the courage to try once again.
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