The Things That We Shouldn’t Do
KOREA / 2003 / Korean / Color, B&W / Video / 5 min
Director, Editing, Producer: Kim Kyung-man
Japanese Subtitles: Image Forum
Production Company, Source: Independent Film Chung-Nyun
A sarcastic and hilarious short archival documentary on the Korean military style, this film uses recorded footage of the Vietnam War and military educational films from the 1970s when Korea participated in the war with the U.S. As it wittily demonstrates the close connection between macho aesthetics and militarism/patriotism, it also criticizes the massacres carried out by the Korean army in Vietnam, and humorously questions a Korean society that, at the time of production, was approving the dispatch of troops to Iraq.
[Director’s Statement] The trinity of masculinity, the military, and war seems eternal. Does everything circulate and return to its original form? This is insane. Anyway I oppose the war in Iraq as well as the military.
Born 1972 in Seoul, Kim Kyung-man now belongs to the filmmakers’ group, Independent Film Chung-Nyun. Works include We Serve in the National Security . . . (2002), Long Live His Majesty (2002) and Legally Cursed (2004). His films have been screened at many film festivals in Korea including Indieforum, Hundred Thousand Won Festival, Seoul Independent DOcumentary Film & Video Festival, and Seoul Human Rights Film Festival.