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The Fate of Books

A popular Korean novelist, Youngha Kim sets off on a journey to discuss reading books with various experts. He heads to Europe to predict ‘the fate of print books’ and ‘the future of reading’.

Part 1. The Future of Print Books – These days, many of us read in various digital formats instead of print books. Youngha debates whether print books are under threat and examines how books are evolving into new forms and what has caused this. Whilst digitally produced books are widely accepted, part 1 talks about the usefulness and benefits of print books that will survive in the future.

Part 2. The Future of Readers – Despite more books being published than ever before, it’s clear that people read less books nowadays. Youngha meets avid readers to find out why they continue reading. Also, many people rely on best-seller lists or adverts and have difficulty choosing what books to read on their own. Part 2 asks us what criteria should be used to select books by reviewing algorithms based on big data, a bookstore curation and other methods.

  • Sangrok Lee
    The Fate of Books, Homodustcus, No place like home, Fantastic family, l'll be home
  • Jinwoo Yang
    The Fate of Books, No place like home, Fantastic family
  • Jinwoo Yang
    The Fate of Books, No place like home, Fantastic family
  • Youngha Kim
    Key Cast
    "Presenter(korean novelist)"
    Your republic is calling you, Diary of a murderer, I have the right to destroy myself, Black flower
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    책의 운명
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 43 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
    United States
    World Premiere
    Bronze Remi award/ Feature Documentary
  • 2020 Madrid International Film Festival
    September 1, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection /Best TV Documentary
Distribution Information
  • tvN / CJ ENM
    Country: Korea, Republic of
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Free TV, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - Sangrok Lee, Jinwoo Yang

The Fate of Books - [53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival] Bronze Remi Award
Homodustcus - [52nd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival] Siver Remi Award
No place like home - [2017 Nevada International Film Festival] Silver Screen Award
I'll be home - [2016 Mexico International Film Festival] Bronze Palm Award

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Director Statement

In today’s world, a tremendous amount of information is instantly shared through the Internet and knowledge is no longer limited to print books. They have contributed greatly to human progress but are now expanding into various forms. Does this mean that print books are becoming obsolete?

Countless new titles are published every year (More than 80,000 new titles are published in Korea every year), yet many of them are disregarded. Why did we stop reading and why should we continue? In an era that doesn’t allow us enough time and space to finish a single book, how can we choose a book better?