Deutsche Version

Bangmunja

English title: Host & Guest
Director: Shin Dong-il    → show biography   
Country: Republic of Korea
Year: 2005
Synopsis: Ho-jun is a cynical intellectual in his thirties whose attempts to gain a full professorship repeatedly fail. Gye-sang is a young man in his twenties who chooses prison over military service as a result of his religious beliefs. They become tangled up in an unusual bond and strange brotherhood through their life-changing experience of encountering each other. "Ho-jun is a character who is clearly his own worst enemy. But he's not the only enemy in this picture. Images of U.S. President-Select George W. Bush make a few appearances and his image is mocked and ridiculed at each moment. Bush II's arrogance and willful ignorance, which has caused so much harm and chaos in our world presently, is paralleled with South Korea's own brand of conservative nationalism and Christianity that allow cover for things such as a war in Iraq based on false pretenses. Ho-jun is just as willing to deface images of South Korea's nation­alism as he is images of Bush II. But, as Ho-jun will learn from Gye-sang, as much as these humiliations from afar provide catharsis for his wounded self and wounded world, they are a far distance from the stands that need to be taken when we are called to the stand." Adam Hartzell
Language: Korean
Forum participation year: 2006
Forum catalogue PDF: Download

Technical Attributes

Format: 35mm
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: German
Running time (minutes): 92
Color: color
Sound: Optical track
Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
Frames per second: 24
Length in metres: 2507
Weight: 18.4
Number of reels: 5