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Two things serve as the glue that holds this film together. One is its narration. Directors who use a lot of narration often become easy targets for film critics, who complain that it's a lazy way to transmit information to the viewer. ("Why not show instead of tell," is a usual refrain) Although that's usually true, in rare cases narration can add an entirely new dimension to what we see on the screen, and Geochilmaru proves to be one such example. Kim C's relaxed, conversational narration never tries to be profound, but it succeeds quite well in placing us within in the mindset of our amateur fighters.

The second thing that makes Geochilmaru work is the efficient way in which director Kim characterizes his large cast (all identified by their internet ID's). With eight main characters, and much of the film's 86-minute running time devoted to fight scenes, Kim needs to quickly flesh out his heroes to make them distinct and memorable. His success at doing so in the space of a short road trip makes it all the more interesting later when the characters start to pair off against each other. Will Iron Fist, a soft-spoken woman who practices kung fu, get a chance to sink her feet into the obnoxious, trash-talking gangster Killer Smile? Our disappointment that some potential matchups never materialize only underlines the director's skill and passion in assembling this low-budget film.      (Darcy Paquet)


    Camellia Project

Obligations are making it difficult for me to spare two to three hours to watch a movie in one sitting. Until I can relinquish some of those responsibilities, I'm beginning to appreciate omnibus films more and more. Although arguments will be made that shorts within an omnibus film are intended to be watched in one complete sitting, I'm treating them more in the way the great short story author Alice Munro once said her collections should be read, watching each short in a single sitting, gradually pacing my way through the collection.

Such has brought me to the omnibus film The Camellia Project, three shorts about the lives of contemporary Gay South Korean couples. Each short is filmed on Bogil Island, as if standing offshore as a metaphor of the restrictions placed on Queer folk that they must separate from the main(stream)land to live their lives more freely. It's sad for those whose prejudices turn them off to such topics, because this omnibus is definitely worth a viewing in one, two or three installments.

Camellia Project

Director Choi Jin-seong's Freak Show begins the series. In it we meet Choon-ha (Hwang Choon-ha) as he accidentally locates his former lover while masturbating to a mixed martial arts match. Turns out his ex, Wang-geun (Kim Wang-geun) is now a professional fighter. Wang-geun, now married with a young daughter, takes his daughter on a holiday to reunite with Choon-ha. When his wife calls him on the phone concerned that he hadn't mentioned meeting up with a 'friend', she asks if this friend is female or male. When she hears he is male, it's not clear whether this comforts her. The rest of the short brings clarity to us on this point. (To avoid the censorship regarding graphic sex, Choi utilizes animation to demonstrate how this couple's church-bound relationship initially dissolved.) I'm less impressed with Freak Show as I am the two shorts that follow it, perhaps because it tries to do too much with the animation disruptions, the stage-like productions, and the drag show reductions. But that's not to say it's a horrible short, just not as good as the other two in tow.

The best of the bunch is director So Joon-moon's Drifting Island, a wonderful title to underscore how we are watching this couple drift apart to the sounds of waves that pace our breaths along with the beats of the film. It's a fairly simple plot which leaves me with very little to say in this paragraph devoted to it. But the closing moments of this relationship when these two men (played by Jeong Seung-gil and Lee Eung-jae) reach their climax as a couple is presented perfectly with tender restraint. If you are one to have problems with what is called ,winewine

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