Park Jung-bum by Liza Béar

Writer-director Park Jung-bum’s powerful first feature The Journals of Musan, in which he plays the leading role, deservedly won the Best New Narrative Director Award at Tribeca Film Festival 2011 for its insightful portrait of a North Korean defector in Seoul, grappling with the contradictions of consumer capitalism as he tries to survive, both physically and psychically, on the fringes of society. The Journals of Musan was previously screened at festivals in Pusan, Marrakech, Rotterdam and Krakow, where it also won awards. Liza Béar interviewed Park Jung-bum on April 26th during a public screening of his film at the Clearview Cinemas. 

Thanks to Grace Jung for translating and to East of Eighth for the interview location.

Liza Béar is a contributing editor at BOMB.

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