K-Pop Killers

Despite the crushing demands of Korean society, these cultural underdogs chase their dream of heavy metal stardom.

  • Ian Henderson
  • Ian Henderson
  • Michael O'Dwyer
  • Jong-ha Jeong
    Key Cast
  • Yu-ying Lee
    Key Cast
  • Hee-ju Kim
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
  • Genres:
    Music, International
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 31 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Film Language:
    English, Korean
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Ian Henderson

Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina in the U.S., Ian Henderson has spent the past decade exploring most of Asia. After also working in the worlds of expat print journalism and stand-up comedy, he decided to solely dedicate himself to capturing the bizarre and unexpected through the lens of documentary film.

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Director Statement

For the past ten years I've been fully immersed in the Korean underground world of extreme metal, and had long felt their story needed to be told. But due to the frenetic pace of social change in modern Seoul, I realized that much of that scene was disappearing in real-time. So I set about capturing and preserving as much as I could of these musical miscreants and their quixotic quest. Through this story I hope the audience will learn what I've learned; there's a lot more to Korea than meets the eye, and never underestimate the power of passion and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds.