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A Dream of Iron


South Korea | 2014 | 98 minutes | Kelvin Kyung Kun Park

In this “city symphony” (think Man With A Movie Camera) concentrated on Ulsan, South Korea’s immense Hyundai shipyard, director Park studies the connections between man, machine, and the search for god.

May 26, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 29, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Some people look for god in abstract spirituality, while others find god within the order of the world. After losing his lover to a religious quest, director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park decides to find his own god, a more concrete god, a god who can prove the sublime exists at home. Because he lives in Ulsan, South Korea, he looks for his god in the city’s Pohang Iron and Steel Company. For Park, steelworkers are on the same level as Buddhist monks; each has their own rituals in service to a higher power. He looks at the growth of the iron industry from the Korean War to today through a spiritual filter. While on this quest, Park captures extraordinary images with his lens. Gigantic vats of liquid metal being poured into molds look like something out of Vulcan’s mythological forge. The colossal cranes that fit together impossibly large metal sections of enormous container ships in the Hyundai shipyard are truly a sight to behold. Expertly combining large-scale industrial environments with a religious framework in which man is small, A Dream of Iron is an unrequited love story, a spiritual quest, and a satisfying history, all in one. 

Director Biography

Kelvin Kyung Kun Park is a multimedia artist based in Seoul, South Korea, working primarily in the medium of film and video, photography, and installations. He has screened his highly acclaimed first full-length documentary, Cheonggyecheon Medley (2010), at various international venues, including the Berlin Film Festival.

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Director: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
Country: South Korea, USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 98 minutes
Producer: Kim Kyungmi
Screenplay: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
Cinematographers: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, Kim Stone
Editors: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
Music: Paulo Vivacqua
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Berlin International Film Festival 2014 (Netpac Award)
Filmography: Cheonggyecheon Medley (Doc, 2010)
Language: Korean
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: HDCAM
International Sales: Boc Features LLC
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