Borderliner

2h 15min   |   KOREAN

| Subtiles English/Chinese/Japanese

| Director/Script Seewoo Kim

| DOP Damien Beebe

A feature drama film about the genius musical composer Jeong Yul-seong who was born in Gwang-ju in the south but ended up in the north during the anti-Japanese occupation struggle and then never again able to visit his hometown. A tragic and most inspiring story of a man and his life and the politics involved in the recognition of his efforts in his personal struggle against the Japanese occupation. He joins the communist head quarters in Yenan and participates actively in the anti-Japanese movement whilst composing his nationally acclaimed pieces such as the Yenan Song and the Palou March.

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Borderliner

Jeong, Yul-seong is first introduced to western music through western missionaries during the period of Japanese rule in Korea. Soon after, he leaves his hometown  Gwang-ju to Nanjing China with his older brother, an anti Japanese occupation activist. There he graduates from the Joseon Revolutionary Academy. He proactively engages in anti Japanese occupation movements, at the same time furthering his musical studies between Nanjing and Shanghai. An Italian professor recognizes Jeong Yul-seong’s genius in music and offers him a place in a university in Italy but Jeong Yul-seong insists on returning to his homeland. In the end he is given an assignment in Joseon but after witnessing the first hand the deaths/murders of his fellowmen and his nephew, Jeong Yul-seong abandons his hopes to return.