Milky Way Liberation Front
Directed by Yoon, Seong-ho
29 May 2009
Yoon, Seong-ho’s Milky Way Liberation Front
opened in 2007 in South Korea, after receiving a
thumbs up at the 2007 Pusan International Film
Festival. The movie focusses on a filmmaker who
suffering from a writer’s block, has a vague idea for a
story revolving around a man afflicted with aphasia.
In an ironic twist of fate, the filmmaker in the movie
travels to the Pusan International Film Festival,
where the actual movie had its world premiere.
The movie was shot entirely in HD and features
many unconventional moments.
This witty flick is all about life imitating art imitating
life imitating art! The film sounds very much like a
parody on director Yoon's efforts in making a movie.
The story centres on Ryu Young-jae (portraying
director Yoon), who is about to screen his short film
at the Pusan International Film Festival. He has not
penned the script as yet but knows that he wants it
to involve Siamese twins and a protagonist who loses
his ability to talk. To add to the problem, everyone
from the cinematographer to the sound engineer has
an opinion about how the story should unfold.
In addition, Young-jae's girlfriend dumps him saying
that he does not know how to communicate. And
just like the protagonist in his upcoming movie, Yoon
also loses the ability to speak!
Things just do not go well for the director and his
problems continue to increase. Fortunately, his
ventriloquist actor helps him in a crisis, but even so
the situation turns for the worse and gets out of
control. Director Yoon Seong-ho’s unique talent for
light-hearted humour underscores this film. Director
Yoon Seong-ho represents a new trend in Korean
cinema, framing ideas of the digital generation
through many digital shots. In Milky Way Liberation
Front, he uses modern technology to brilliant effect
to produce a reflexive piece of cinema.