This dizzying collage of scenes from the lives of street kids and elderly winos in Seoul is in many ways the movie Larry Clark tried to make in Kids: a kaleidoscope of broken hopes, blow jobs, dope, petty crime, video games, liquor and rapes. Jang does everything possible to abdicate from the director's conventional role and responsibilities, using ciné-vérité to shoot the winos and turning over the scripting of the rest to the street kids themselves. He also shot everything with three cameras simultaneously (one 35mm, one 16mm, one digital 8) and cuts freely between the resulting rushes to minimise any sense of an orderly mise en scène. His own moral perspective on the characters is never stated but continuously implied by the juxtaposition of the two generations. Many of the episodes are shocking or disturbing; the film was released in Korea minus 30 minutes of sex and anti-social behaviour, but it can be seen uncut abroad.
Jang Sun-Woo, Kim Soohyun
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