BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO (밤섬해적단 서울불바다)

Early in BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO, director Jung Yoon-Suk places an on-screen note: “The sounds of the film were left unbalanced to help you experience the imbalances in Korean society.” So begins a film that draws on its subjects’ energy and irreverence in both form and content.

Formed in 2010, two-man outfit Bamseom Pirates are as far away from K-Pop as you can imagine: they play short, fast, and loud—what connoisseurs might call grindcore, but what most would just call punk rock. Their lyrics and aesthetics are dadaist political satire, and they become favorites of fellow students opposing privatization, militarism, and South Korea’s pervasive puritanical streak. Their relentless irreverence comes under scrutiny when their producer and compatriot is prosecuted under the country’s National Security laws for tweets like “Kim Jong-il is Car Sex,” seen as praise for the enemy. – A. Modi

CO-PRESENTED BY:

DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Jung Yoon-Suk
PRODUCERS: Jung Yoon-suk, Jo Sona, Kim Hyo-jung, Bae Sung-lim
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Jung Yoon-suk, Heo Chul-nyung, Jun San-jin
FEATURING: Kwon Yong-nam, Jang Sung-gun, Park Jung-geun

LENGTH: 120 min
LANGUAGE: Korean
COUNTRY: South Korea
GENRE: Documentary

2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam Official Selection, Bright Future
2017 Jeonju International Film Festival International Competition
2017 New York Asian Film Festival Official Selection
2017 BFI London Film Festival Official Selection
2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival Official Selection, Discoveries