Who Killed Gong Jung Hwa? / 누가공정화를죽였나?**** (2012)
Director: Han Ji Hye (한지혜)
Screenwriter: Han Ji Hye (한지혜)
Cast: Kim Min Ji (김민지), Naji Ibrahim Ahmeid (나지 이브라힘 아흐메이드), Fabrice Lambert (패브리스 램버트)
In this documentary, through the testimonies of Jung Hwa herself and some of her friends and families, we discover how Jung Hwa died.
This short movie, in the form of a fake documentary, brings up a surreal, dreamy atmosphere. This short is packed with references to the Korean culture and maybe is in someway the critique of Korean society, high level of competition, fear of failure, despair of the so-called “losers”. I found this movie quite interesting. As she desperately looks for some hope in her life, Jung Hwa is said to be haunted by Amir, a past love. In some culture, they say if you see the dead, that means you are gonna die soon yourself. I liked the part when she has a conversation with her ex-boyfriend, him speaking in Arabic and her in Korean. That’s the idea that in your dream and after death, we find ourselves in a state where you can understand any language, just like before Babylon. I also like her questioning about Heaven. Where is she heading? I personally liked it but maybe some people will find this dull as you need to go beyond what you see to find the meaning of all this.