I Might Go Surfing

Minwoong, a yoga instructor, lives confined by a monotonous daily routine and the expectations of others. The relentless repetition of the treadmill erodes Minwoong, turning even the insignificant expectations of others into solid shackles.

Although he enjoys eating samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) alone, somehow he cannot bring himself to admit in front of others that he is not a vegan and cannot even eat eggs. He always dreams of surfing in Hawaii but lacks the courage to go for a clam barbecue in Ganghwa Island (just 40 minutes away from Seoul). Minwoong teaches about existence, meditation, and enlightenment while drooling over a $200,000 car and unable to let go of his cellphone even when sitting on the toilet.

Can we simply conclude that all the masks Minwoong wears on the self-planned stage, tailored to meet the expectations of the audience, are nothing but fakes? Can we designate the only true Minwoong as the one who exists when he is alone?
Minwoong exists as fragments of various selves that are either loved, adorned, spectated, or negated.

Minwoong wonders if meeting a turtle that lives up to a hundred years would make living seem tiresome. He wants to break free from the social images he has accumulated within the square-shaped studio and experience his true self, and go surfing.

  • Jaeseok Oh
  • Jaeseok Oh
  • Minkyu Kim
  • Soojung Lim
    Key Cast
  • Jaeseok Oh
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    서핑하러 갈지도 모르겠어요
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
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Director Biography - Jaeseok Oh

From 2012 to 2015, I worked as a fashion assistant at fashion magazines, including W Korea and Esquire Korea.

In 2018, I graduated from KUNKUK University in Seoul, South Korea, majoring in Contemporary Arts with a BFA degree. Between 2016 and 2019, I participated in an exchange program at Columbia College in Missouri, United States, where I studied Visual Art.

Starting from 2018 until 2019, I worked as a yoga instructor with an RYT200 certification, and during that time, I also ran a YouTube channel called O'WON. On the YouTube channel, I documented various moments including travel, daily life, and cooking.

In early 2019, I began working as a model for fashion magazines and also took on brand modeling jobs. It was during this time that I gained the courage to pursue my childhood dream of becoming an actress. Since then, I have taken on small roles in several web dramas and Netflix series.

Now, I am writing scripts, creating films, and appearing in them myself.

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Director Statement

This film is a study on the sensation of being "trapped" that one suddenly feels in everyday life. It is also the director's autobiographical story, aiming to examine the fragmented aspects of the self and seeking to integrate them in a comprehensive way.