Friday, 17 February 2012
There is actually some context for these pictures, though perhaps it's funnier if you don't read it; these are a series of 8 images I quickly knocked together to test my new project idea out. They're based on the story of famous Korean film director Shin Sang-ok, who in 1978 was kidnapped along with his ex-wife from the South to the communist north.
Shin Sang-ok's story of his kidnapping on the whole is a bit suspect, though doubtless he was imprisoned and any fibs on his part were, at worst, protection from South Korea's harsh laws against aiding the DPRK. In any case, Pulgasari is the most well known of Shin Sang-ok's forced films there, and undoubtedly the worst. It's a Kaiju film with communist overtones; ripe for parody.
Metaphor alert: Pulgasari in these images is actually Kim Jong-il. Also, once again, I apologise for the Korean; it's more for the aesthetics than for actually making sense.